LUXEMBOURG (Asteroid Day PR) — Asteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids, will celebrate its sixth year on 30 June.
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. Events are scheduled leading up to 30 June, the date of the largest asteroid impact of Earth in recorded history (Tunguska).
Asteroid Day has evolved to include the participation of major national space agencies, ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos, ISRO and NASA, and prominent scientists, astronomers, educators, and media worldwide. In 2016, the United Nations declared Asteroid Day an official day of education, initiated in part by a need to better understand the role of asteroids, following the 15 February 2013 meteor impact in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
“Asteroid Day was created to encourage the public and governments to learn more about asteroids, the origin of our Solar System, and to support the ...