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Asteroid Day 2022

on 30 June 2022

On 30 June 2022, the world celebrates Asteroid Day, a United Nations recognised international event, organised for raising awareness on the risks of asteroid impacts and the methods to protect the Earth.

The event was established on this date in the memory of the Tunguska, Siberia impact that took place in 1908, and was the largest asteroid impact in the recent history of the Earth.

The special day is marked with several online events which will take place worldwide.

The Mission of Asteroid Day, taking place each year on 30 June, is to inspire, engage and educate the public about asteroids opportunities and risks.

Asteroid Day makes its return to Luxembourg in person for Asteroid Day LIVE 2022 following two years of living entirely in the virtual realm. Asteroid experts will converge on Luxembourg to take part in a packed four-hour programme of panels and one-on-one interviews.

Research into asteroids and planetary defence has never been greater. There are more asteroid missions flying or planned than ever before, and in October this year, NASA will make history by conducting the first deflection test of an asteroid with their DART mission.

The backbone of the Asteroid Day LIVE broadcast are the panels. This year, we have seven that cover the entire range of asteroid science and research.

Asteroid Day LIVE will air 30th June via  Asteroid Day’s website, TwitchTV, YouTube or to any SES satellite subscriber.

Dr. Dorin Prunariu, honorary ROSA president and the Vice Chair of the Asteroid Foundation, is a regular speaker of Asteroid Day. This year the first Romanian cosmonaut will deliver and inspiring speech, during an Asteroid Day Live broadcast.

The Asteroid Day is a dynamic awareness and educational program meant to inspire the world about asteroids, to explain their role in the formation of our Universe, how we can use their resources, how asteroids can pave the way for future exploration and finally how we can protect our planet from asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day is a programme run by the Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg non-profit organisation.

More details here.

Image credit: Asteroid Day / ESA-P.Carril