In February 2014, Brian May, Astrophysicist and famous guitarist of the rock band “Queen”, he began working with Grigorij Richters, the director of a new film titled 51 Degrees North, a fictional story of an asteroid impact in London and condition resulting human. May composed music for the film and suggested that it projected in Starmus Richters, an event organized by Dr. Garik Israelian and attended by astrophysicists, scientists and artists, including Dr. Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Rick Wakeman. The result was the beginning of discussions that would lead to the launch of Asteroid Day in 2015. Through subsequent discussions with all players, he was born the concept of a day dedicated to the awareness of asteroids around the world. Now, Richters needed to “make it happen”.
Asteroid Day takes place annually on June 30. It is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids, the impact hazard they may pose, and what we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations from future asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day is held each year on the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia. A relatively small asteroid, about 40 meters across or the size of a modest office building, devastated an unpopulated area about the size of a major metropolitan city. Regionally organised large and small events are held on Asteroid Day, and range from lectures and other educational programmes to live concerts and broader community events, to raise public awareness of the need for increased detection and tracking of asteroids.
The 100x Asteroid Declaration, calling for this action, has been signed by hundreds of astronauts, scientists, artists and leaders in business and technology as well as thousands of private citizens. Employing existing and new technology to detect and track asteroids and demonstrating deflection capabilities to prevent future asteroid impacts could be humanity’s greatest achievement.
SPACE India is been selected as the Coordinator for India Region of Asteroid Day and will celebrate and represent Asteroid Day India.
Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations from future asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day will be held on the anniversary of the Tunguska event in Siberia, the largest asteroid to impact Earth in recent history – an asteroid that devastated an area about the size of any major metropolitan area. Regionally organised large and small events will be held on Asteroid Day – from live concerts and community events, to lectures and other educational programmes, to support a movement calling for increased detection and mapping of asteroids.
SPACE India will disseminate Asteroid Day information pan India and suggest events and activities which will create an awareness of asteroids and asteroid impacts. At the college and organisational level special events, lectures, talks and interactions will be encouraged. SPACE India will coordinate and assist in all such efforts and has suggested few activities listed below:
- Community Awareness Program by Asteroid Discoverers of SPACE India
Encourage the asteroid discoverers to make the community aware about asteroids and their importance through presentations and demonstrations using sheets or charts from June 1-30. Asteroid Discoverers need to share the videos on Facebook on Asteroid Day India page.The videos can also be made using Facebook Live by discoverers and put on Asteroid Day India page. Compilation of best videos will be published on Space Technology & Education official Facebook page.
- For Partner Offices (Chennai, Dehradun, Ludhiana and Surat)
Host Asteroid Day Event at a client school between June 26-30, organizing
- Movie screening on Asteroid
- Quiz on the Movie
- Online interaction
- Special Event in Delhi-NCR: Plotting of Numbered Asteroid done by first students asteroid discoverers under AIASC 2010, organized by SPACE India on the dome of Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi.
- For SPACE UIT Schools: Conduct activities given by Asteroid Day for Class I-III from May 1-15. Activities suggested by Asteroid Day includes:
- Asteroid Model forming activities
- Hangouts & Live interactions
- Asteroid based Movie watching
- Planetarium Show
- Quiz, debates, for more activities, CLICK HERE
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Registration starting from May 1 onwards. Please register your event atleast 3 days before of its conduction date.
To Register, CLICK HERE
100x Asteroid Declaration is an aspirational goal. Current asteroid survey projects are finding about 1500 asteroids per year that can come near the Earth. It is not likely that we will detect 100 times this number of asteroids per year with our current capabilities.
More than 1M asteroids have the potential to impact Earth and through all the available telescopes worldwide, we have discovered only about one percent. The 100X Declaration calls for increasing the asteroid discovery rate to 100,000 (or 100x) per year within the next 10 years. “The more we learn about asteroid impacts, the clearer it became that the human race has been living on borrowed time,” remarked Brian May. “Asteroid Day and the 100X Declaration are ways for the public to contribute to an awareness of the Earth’s vulnerability and the realization that Asteroids hit Earth all the time.” Asteroid Day would the vehicle to garner public support to increase our knowledge of when asteroids might strike and how we can protect ourselves.”
The 100X Declaration has been signed by more than 22,000 private citizens. For full listing of notable signatories, CLICK HERE .