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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Asteroid Day

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 giugno 2019

Scientists and scholars, astrophysicists and engineers, students and academics will gather next week in 192 countries to be part of Asteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of awareness and education about asteroids. Asteroid Day is a program of the Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg nonprofit organization.Events for Asteroid Day’s fifth anniversary will focus on the role of asteroids in the formation of our solar system and advances in technology to better detect, track and analyze asteroids and review our ability to deflect a rogue asteroid headed towards Earth. Asteroid Day events range from asteroid quizzes in a Dublin bar, to high-level discussions of policy and programs at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Asteroid Day was co-founded in 2014, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for “Queen”; B612 President, Danica Remy; Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart; and filmmaker Grig Richters. Asteroid Day is held on and around 30 June each year to mark Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event. In 2016, Asteroid Day was declared by the United Nations as a global day of education to raise awareness about asteroids opportunities and risks and in 2016 Asteroid Day formed Asteroid Foundation to be its headquarters in Luxembourg, with support from the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy. Global partners include: Association of Space Explorers, B612, ESA, OHB SE, SES, BCE, EC GROUP, and Luxembourg Space Agency. Asteroid Day Gala sponsors in 2019 include Tito’s Homemade Vodka, Luxaviation, SnT, and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg.


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