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International Asteroid Day

JOIN THE MOVEMENT A global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations.

6/30/2016
When: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Where: Worldwide
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Asteroid Day is a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations. Observed annually on June 30, the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska event.

Regionally organised large and small events are held on Asteroid Day, and range from live concerts and community events, to lectures and other educational programme  to support a movement calling for increased detection and mapping 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 available technology to detect, track and defend our Earth from dangerous asteroid impacts is something we know how to do with existing technology. This will assure the survival of generations to come as well as preserve our heritage and all that we have learned and created as a species. The fact that this movement could save ALL the species on this planet makes it imperative for everyone to sign the 100X Declaration.

Continuing to orbit our solar system without the knowledge of potentially dangerous asteroids in our orbital neighbourhood is equivalent to playing the odds in a game of Las Vegas roulette – only this time, we are betting our families, homes and indeed future generations. The probability of Earth being impacted in a random location by a 100-megaton asteroid in your lifetime is about the same as the probability of you being killed in an automobile accident. These odds on any individual day are small, yet few among us would drive a car without wearing a seat belt. The 100x Asteroid Declaration calls for the discovery and tracking of 100,000 asteroids a year over the next ten years. In addition to protecting our planet, this increased capability will provide dramatically improved knowledge of our Solar System for scientific and other purposes.

Learn more and sign up for the declaration at asteroidday.org.

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