On June 30, the world will host the 2017 Asteroid Day, a celebration which promises over 700 events which should be taking place in some 190 countries around the globe. Also, the day will be coming with a 24-hours live webcast. This will be featuring discussions about this sometimes very feared space rocks, and about the chances and risks of one striking Earth.
Starting with 2015, Asteroid Day has been commemorating what is now known as the “Tunguska event”. This occurred on June 30, 1908, and featured a near-Earth object (NEO) some 130 feet wide. This asteroid exploded above the Siberian Podkamennaya Tunguska River, destroying over 800 square miles of forest.
The Asteroid Day website teases with more than 700 events which will be held throughout the day in about 190 countries around the world.
It also points out the fact that, starting with 2016, the UN started recognizing Asteroid Day as an international event, which will be held every year on June 30. For this year’s celebration, over 180 regional coordinators from 114 countries will be organizing events involving 500,000 participants.
The 2017 Asteroid Day Will Be Coming With A First Ever Event
The 2017 Asteroid Day celebration will also be coming with a first time ever event. Namely, it will be offering a live webcast, one which will span and cover the whole day. According to its organizers, this will be the first 24-hours long broadcast targeting space and asteroids.
The webcast will be hosted by Brian Cox, a physicist and professor part of the University of Manchester, England, and also host to science TV shows and published author.
NASA, JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, as well as ESA, the European Space Agency, will be included in the live broadcast. The full lineup of astronomers, astronauts, as well as all the special guests of the broadcast is available in a 2017 Asteroid Day LIVE Webcast blog post.
The official website will also be offering a complete list of events held in celebration of the day. Those interested can either check out the program or register their own event and activities in the program. Most of the events will be free and all-ages appropriate. They will be held either in museums, science centers, theaters, libraries, schools, or online and on various TV programs.
Image Source: JPL/NASA