Furthermore, as Cokinos suggests in his new book, The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars, you might want to invest some wishful thinking on those flashes after all. Meteorites are, in fact, implicated in the seeding of lifes ingredients on Earth, he ex-plains. And even the most indifferent know that these bits of former asteroids have rained devastation in the past and threaten to do so in the future. Meteorites are the Alpha and Omega of geology. These rocks mere rocks encompass the origins of life and the reality of death on our planet.
Those rocks have also led to dreams of out-of-this-world riches (mostly unrealized) for extraterrestrial trophy hunters. Tonight at 7 p.m., Cokinos will lecture on the legacy of the maverick scientists, mad dreamers and starry-eyed profiteers who chased meteorites and turned their study into a legitimate science. Hell be at the Denver Museum of Nature & Sciences Ricketson Auditorium, 2001 Colorado Boulevard; tickets are $10. For more information, go to www.dmns.org.
Tue., Aug. 24, 7 p.m., 2010