World Asteroid Day 2020

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  • June 30 is marked every year as World Asteroid Day
  • In 2020, the sixth World Asteroid Day is being celebrated
  • World Asteroid Day is an official United Nations Declared awareness Day.

Asteroid Day is on June 30 and every year it is observed to mark the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact of Earth in history (Tunguska) in 1908. The Tunguska meteor is known to be the largest natural object to enter the earth’s atmosphere.

Asteroid Day was co-founded by astrophysicist and famed musician Dr. Brian May of the rock group QUEEN; Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart; Filmmaker Grig Richters; and B612 President Danica Remy, to promote awareness and provide knowledge to the general public about the importance of asteroids in our solar system history, and the role they play in our solar system today. The first asteroid day was celebrated in the year 2015.

What are Asteriods?

Asteroids are small rocky particles revolving around the sun. They are also known as planetoids or minor planets. There are millions of asteroids having different size ranges. They can be from hundreds of miles to several feet across. Asteroids are leftovers particles from the formation of the solar system. Though they are small in size but can be dangerous for the planet Earth. Many asteroids have hit Earth in the past, and many more will crash into our planet in the future.

World Asteroid Day 2020

Due to coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Asteroid Day will be observed online through live streaming activities and panels from Luxembourg. To participate online click here https://asteroidday.org/

Information source: https://asteroidday.org/

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