Asteroid Day Events and Webcasts in London and around the World on June 30

LONDON--()--With one week to go before the first official Asteroid Day on 30 June, local organizers are making final preparations for more than 50 public events worldwide to increase education and awareness about asteroids and how to better detect them. June 30 is the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact of Earth in recent history, the 1908 Siberian Tunguska Asteroid Impact. The 100X Declaration, calling for increased detection and tracking, has been opened for public signature.

“Our surveillance of Near Earth Objects is not good enough, so we are trying to ramp up the rate of detection by 100 times,” said Astrophysicist and Musician Dr. Brian May. “Signing the 100X Declaration is a way for the public to contribute to bringing about an awareness that we can protect humanity now and for future generations.”

More than 36 astronauts and cosmonauts are participating in Asteroid Day. A partial listing includes: Pedro Duque (Spain); Tamara Jernigan (US); Tom Jones (US); Alexei Leonov (Russia); Ed Lu (US); Patrick Michel (France); Dorin Prunariu (Romania); Andres Eloy Martinez Rojas (Mexico); Franz Viehboeck (Austria); Rusty Schweickart (US) and Anousheh Ansari (US), the first woman private space traveler.

“If we can track the trajectories of asteroids and monitor their movement in our solar system, we can know if they are on a path to impact Earth,” said Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart. “If we find them early enough, we can move them out of Earth’s orbit - thus preventing any kind of major natural disaster.”

All events have been organized locally by museums, research institutes, government agencies, universities, astronomers, filmmakers and concerned citizens and include lectures, films, expert science presentations and educational workshops. The Natural History Museum in Vienna has partnered with the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Space, and the European Space Agency has organized a Twitter discussion #AskESA about #asteroids.

The film that inspired Asteroid Day, 51°North, produced by filmmaker and Asteroid Day Co-founder Grigorij Richters, is about a futuristic asteroid impact and its human ramifications. It will premiere in London at the Science Museum event and be available online via AsteroidDay.org. The film’s music was scored by Brian May of QUEEN. Profits from the film’s showing are being donated to Asteroid Day.

The 100X Declaration, open for public signature at Asteroidday.org, calls for a 100-fold increase in the detection and tracking of asteroids in our solar system. Notable public and private citizens have signed the 100X Declaration: Astrophysicist Brian May; Lord Martin Rees, UK Astronomer Royal; Jane Luu; Jill Tarter; Bill Nye, scores of astronauts and cosmonauts, including Dr. Helen Patricia Sharman, the first Briton in space, leading scientists Kip Thorne, Brian Cox and Richard Dawkins; and leaders in business worldwide.

Founding Partners of Asteroid Day include the Association of Space Explorers, Astronauts Without Borders, B612 Foundation, California Academy of Sciences, The Planetary Society, Natural History Museum of Vienna, Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Starmus, and Discovery Science, which is airing “Countdown to Asteroid Day” to more than 40 million households across Europe, UK, Middle East and Africa.

Additional information on Asteroid Day, the 100x Asteroid Declaration, photos and video are available at www.asteroidday.org. All events are open to the media. Contact local organizers with interview requests.

Join Asteroid Day on Twitter: @asteroidday #AsteroidDay and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AsteroidDay

Contacts

Aquarius Group
Diane Murphy, 310-658-8756
pr@asteroidday.org

Release Summary

More than 50 worldwide events and global webcasts planned for Asteroid Day, 30 June, to increase awareness and education about asteroids and other Near Earth Objects

Contacts

Aquarius Group
Diane Murphy, 310-658-8756
pr@asteroidday.org