International Asteroid Day

International Asteroid Day

Sensitizing the public and educating them about the risks and opportunities presented by asteroids. This information will inform the public about the various actions and efforts that should be taken in the event of an emergency.

Learn more and enjoy International Steroid Day!

Although it is not clear how long asteroids were floating in the solar system, scientists think they have been around for tens to millions of years. They come in a variety of sizes, from 10 meters to over 500 meters. All of the current asteroids in the solar system would have a total mass that is less than the Earth’s moon.

Scientists believe that an enormous asteroid struck the earth approximately 65 million years ago in the Yucatan region of Mexico. Scientists believe this is what caused the extinction of dinosaurs. The impact of this asteroid could have been as large as some small countries. It left a crater measuring around 150 km across. A rim of mountains about the same size as the Himalayas formed around its edge.

The Tunguska Event, which occurred in the Siberian desert in 1908, is a more recent event. The explosion occurred in an area now called Krasnoyarsk Krai and was considered an impact event. Although no impact crater was found, the asteroid is thought to have been disintegrated in Earth’s atmosphere prior to hitting the surface. Eyewitnesses reported that the Tunguska Event was the largest known asteroid impact event in human history.

People who are still alive can recall the most recent event that occurred in Russia, in an area known as Chelyabinsk in western Siberia in 2013. Although no one was directly injured or died from the small asteroid’s explosion prior to landing on Earth, many were still hurt by the side effects.

Stephen Hawking founded International Asteroid Day with a group of people including an astronaut on Apollo 9, a filmmaker and Brian May, who was also an astrophysicist and guitarist for Queen. The anniversary of the Siberia incident in 1908 was June 30, so the date was chosen as the International Asteroid Day.

With the help of more than 200 astronauts, the day was officially launched on July 1, 2014. It was not recognized by the United Nations until 2016, two years later.

There are many opportunities to get involved in International Steroid Day. These are some ideas to get you started:

All over the globe, events and activities are held for International Asteroid Day. This day is great for learning about the possibilities and preparation that could be crucial in the future. Some people may want to volunteer, in addition to attending an event.

Museums, universities, schools and clubs around the globe organize events. You can find the official Asteroid Day website with a list of sanctioned events. Activities are listed in hundreds of cities across all continents.

If there are no events in your area, you might consider hosting one. Invite scientists from your area to take part in lectures and discussions. You can also invite local musicians to perform a benefit concert for the day. Brian May, guitarist and astrophysicist, is one of the founders of the day, so music is a big theme here.

Register your event with Asteroid Day if you are hosting it so that other interested parties can participate.

For a night filled with entertainment and fun, gather your friends, family members, and neighbors to celebrate the idea of asteroids. It’s a great idea to invite guests to dress up in their favorite space-themed character to keep the theme of space alive.

You can even plan your food around this idea. For example, cookies can be decorated to look like aliens, fruits and marshmallow kebabs can be made into rocket ships-shaped popcorn balls, or fruit and marshmallow kebabs that look like astronauts. Asteroids, a classic 1980s video game, can be found for entertainment. You can blast them all before your spaceship explodes!

51 Degrees North is the first film you should check out. It was made by members of the International Asteroid Day team and was actually the inspiration for the film. This fictional portrayal of what would happen if an asteroids landed on London, England was created by Grigorij Richters, a filmmaker, and Brain May, a Queen guitarist.

You can also consider these other ideas for films about asteroids:

Date

Jun 01 - 30 2025

Time

All Day

Location

International

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