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Today is Asteroid Day 2019 | Human world

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Image via Debbie Lewis.

The fifth annual international asteroid day is on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Known by the United Nations, Asteroid Day marks a global opportunity to raise awareness of the threat and opportunities that the many rocky bodies are zooming through space. A five-day broadcast – on asteroids and space subjects – began on June 27 and still runs today. Here's a program schedule, plus how to look, wherever you are.

Central to Asteroid Day this year is what is called the 100x Declaration, which requires a 100-fold increase in the discovery and monitoring of asteroids. Signed so far by more than 50,000 people around the world, the Declaration decides to "solve humanity's greatest challenges to protect our families and the quality of life on earth in the future." If you want to sign, the online declaration is here.

This year, the Asteroid Day events will focus on the role of the asteroids in the formation of our solar system and technological advancements to better detect, track and analyze asteroids and examine our ability to deflect a harsh asteroid directed towards the earth.

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Image via Asteroid Day.

Asteroid Day events range from asteroid quizzes in a Dublin bar, to high-level discussions on politics and programs at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. See a list of events around the world. To find an Asteroid Day event near you, scroll down to the center of the page and enter your location.

A new program for Asteroid Day 2019 is Asteroid Day TV. Find out more and continue with the action by visiting the Asteroid Day, Youtube channel or site Twitter.

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Early in the morning of February 15, 2013, a small, previously unknown asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere 37,280 miles per hour (66,000 km / h) and exploded high over Chelyabinsk, Russia, with 20-30 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Photo via Alex Alishevskikh / Flickr.

Asteroid Day is held on the anniversary of the most devastating asteroid impact in the latest history of the earth – an event that took place on June 30, 1908, known as the Tunguska explosion, when a small asteroid struck the earth over Tunguska, Siberia. Here is the premise for Asteroid Day, with the word founder Brian May, astrophysicist, guitarist and songwriter for the band Queen:

Our goal is to devote ourselves to one day each year to learn about asteroids, the origin of our universe and to support the resources needed to see, trace and divert dangerous asteroids from the Earth's orbital path. Asteroids are a natural disaster, we know how to prevent.

The story of Asteroid Day

For asteroid news and updates, follow AsteroidWatch on Twitter.

Bottom line: International Asteroid Day 2019 happens on Sunday June 30th.

Eleanor Imster

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