A huge number of potentially dangerous celestial bodies are constantly moving in space. International Asteroid Day is focused on increasing awareness among people about these external dangers. Hollywood tries to convince their audience a collision of an object with our planet will bring huge casualties and damage, which will turn into a global catastrophe and even the destruction of the biosphere. Are these scary stories justified?
The holiday was celebrated for the first time in 2015. At that time, an organization for the accelerated study of asteroids was founded, and a document was created justifying the need to calculate, determine, describe, and evaluate the characteristics of asteroids. This scientific activity is necessary in order to determine the degree of danger in time and prevent it.
Drawing public attention to the issues of studying asteroids helps to raise awareness, get rid of the fear of the unknown, and spread information about how to behave in the event of a space disaster.
- The event is recognized by the United Nations Assembly in order to encourage the scientific community to undertake large-scale, comprehensive research.
- People are different. They have a different level of knowledge, intelligence, and material wealth, but on the day when an asteroid hits the Earth, earthly goods, comfort, and problems will cease to matter. The only will be survival. This is what scientists say.
- 700 events on the topic are held annually.
The most famous asteroid is called Asclepius. It passed close to Earth in 1989.
How to take part
Visit a discussion club, listen to thematic lectures by university professors, and watch documentaries, the scripts of which are based on reliable scientific sources. This is not a boring event; concerts and musical events are held, as are meetings of science fiction fans. Meet with like-minded people to assess the prospects for the future of the planet. Offer free assistance to organizations that organize events.
When is International Asteroid Day celebrated in 2024?
International Asteroid Day is observed on June 30 each year.