The earth orbits the Sun among a swarm of asteroids, near-Earth asteroids rather than the asteroid belt way out between Jupiter and Mars. It is these, ranging in size from pebbles to many miles across, that have been bombarding the earth for billions of years.
Officially launched on December 3rd 2014, Asteroid Day (or International Asteroid Day) is an annual event to raise awareness of the dangers of asteroids to the earth and what we can do tp protect ourselves.
The event takes place on June 30th each year as this is the anniversary of the Tunguska event in Siberia in 1908, earth's most harmful recent brush with an asteroid.
The "100X Declaration" which anyone can sign, has three main goals:
The official website for Asteroid Day can be found by clicking here and is a huge resource for all things asteroid...what they are, how we detect them, what we can do to protect ourselves and the global events to mark the day.
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