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30 June is Asteroid Day !

Published Friday June 29 2018

Asteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids, has announced worldwide events for the week of 25-30 June.  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, Asteroid Day began with two major events in 2015, and has grown to more than 2000 self-organized events worldwide.

Asteroid Day is a Luxembourg-based non-profit organization. From 29 June to 1 July, for 48 hours, Asteroid Day will broadcast LIVE from Luxembourg.

In 2017, the Asteroid Foundation debuted the first ever 24-hour live conversation about asteroids, broadcast from the Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) studio at RTL City in Luxembourg. Asteroid Day LIVE returns in 2018, with 48 hours of content and commentary from experts around the world. The program will be distributed via a dedicated satellite, available on local channels subscribing to the SES satellite network, and via the Asteroid Day website ( https://asteroidday.org/live/ ).

Recent news, including the asteroid impact in Botswana, spotted only hours before impact this month, and the discovery last October of ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to pass through the Solar System, has renewed the focus on asteroid missions, such as ESA’s AIM/Hera, and NASA’s NEOCam. Asteroid Day events are independently produced by space agencies, universities, science centers, planetariums, observatories, museums, schools, theaters, libraries, local governments and other civic organizations. Most events are aimed at citizens of all ages, and are free of charge; selected events can be viewed on the Asteroid Day website.

As in previous years, the European Space Agency (ESA) is strongly supporting Asteroid Day events in 2018. On Friday, 29 June, ESA senior managers, including Director General Jan Wörner, asteroid mission experts and ESA Astronaut Matthias Maurer, will participate in Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg. On 30 June, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and ESA are teaming up to produce a live webcast from the new ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre in Garching, near Munich, Germany, packed with expert interviews, news and updates and some of the most recent asteroid science results, starting at 13:00 (1:00 PM) CEST. Watch live via http://www.esa.int/asteroidday .

Asteroid Day events in the US include : 

  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York will showcasing the sleek new Stellina Telescope
  • National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC will host US Astronaut Dr. Thomas Jones, NASA and other planetary experts, with special presentations and exhibits within NASM.
  • AIAA Planetary Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, FL, will host US Astronaut Nicole Stott, and special public presentations and activities.

More information about events is at  http://www.AsteroidDay.org .

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