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Asteroid Day June 30th

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.

The Earth From Space via NASA

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.

asteroid day

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.

Tunguska event

The Siberian Tunguska Event - June 30th 1908

Asteroid Day 2017

The "100X Declaration" which anyone can sign, has three main goals:

  • 1. Employ available technology to detect and track Near-Earth Asteroids that threaten human populations via governments and private and philanthropic organisations.
  • 2. A rapid hundred-fold acceleration of the discovery and tracking of Near-Earth Asteroids to 100,000 per year within the next ten years.
  • 3. Global adoption of Asteroid Day, heightening awareness of the asteroid hazard and our efforts to prevent impacts, on June 30 - With the United Nations recognition, this action item has been achieved.

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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