Asteroid Day FAQ

WHAT IS THE ASTEROID DAY MOVEMENT?

A global coalition of scientists, astronauts, physicists, artists, musicians and concerned citizens have come together to organise an international asteroid awareness movement. The movement focuses the world’s attention not just on the nature of asteroids, but also on the solutions that will protect all citizens of Earth from future asteroid impacts. There are two main elements to the movement: Asteroid Day, which takes place each year on June 30, and the 100X Declaration.

 

WHEN IS ASTEROID DAY AND WHAT HAPPENS ON THAT DAY?

Asteroid Day takes place each year on June 30, the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact in history, which struck Tunguska, Siberia in 1908. The Tunguska impact, which was about a 40-meter asteroid, devastated approximately 800 square miles of forest, an area the equivalent of any major metropolitan city. Events are organised by both individuals and organisations at science centers, museums, community centers via film, entertainment and social media to educate the world about asteroids.

WHAT IS THE LONG-TERM GOAL OF THE ASTEROID AWARENESS MOVEMENT?

The long-term goal of Asteroid Day is to safeguard humanity and all things we hold precious on Earth by detecting and tracking all inner solar system Near-Earth Objects (NEOs that could potentially pose a direct threat to Earth). Early warning is the essential element for protecting the Earth from impacts. The movement also includes important discussions on deflection techniques – the best way to move dangerous asteroids out of the way of Earth’s orbit.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE 100X ASTEROID DECLARATION AND WHO WILL SIGN?

Asteroids are the only global natural disaster we know how to prevent. A distinguished group of celebrated scientists, engineers, astrophysicists, and astronauts — as well as entertainers and business leaders — have come together to sign the Asteroid Day Declaration which calls for the rapid hundred-fold (100x) acceleration of the discovery and tracking of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) to 100,000 per year during the next ten years. Within the first year, more than 17,000 people have signed the 100X Declaration.

WHO ARE THE SIGNATORIES OF THE ASTEROID DAY DECLARATION?

The initial signers of the Asteroid Day Declaration include recognised leaders in science, business and entertainment, including Dr. Brian May, Lord Martin Rees, Bill Nye, Richard Dawkins, Alan Eustace, Chris Hadfield, Jim Lovell, Sir Harry Kroto, Carolyn Shoemaker, Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, Dr. Kip Thorne, Rusty Schweickart, Dr. Ed Lu and Dr. Tom Jones. Originally signed by more than 100 highly respected scientists, physicists, entertainment and business leaders and Nobel Laureates from 30 countries, the 100X Declaration today has been signed by thousands of public supporters. For a full listing of signatories, visit: http://www.asteroidday.org/signatories-list

HOW CAN I SIGN UP TO HOST OR BE PART OF AN EVENT FOR ASTEROID DAY?

Anyone can host an event or pull together a group to host an event. Ideas are posted and crowdsourced on the Asteroid Day website and via social media. Some ideas include hosting panel discussions, dinners, educational events, concerts, community gatherings, film screenings and a myriad of online activities to share information and to connect. You can view our Playbook, here.

HOW CAN I SPONSOR OR FINANCIALLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE ASTEROID AWARENESS MOVEMENT?

Sponsors and donors are welcome to help grow the movement and reach as many people as possible by supporting the organisations that are working on educating the public about asteroids. Donations should be made directly to any group that is working to build awareness about the planetary defense issue or has asteroid content or curriculum.

OFFICIAL ASTEROID DAY PARTNERS

The role of the Official Partners of Asteroid Day has been crucial to organising a global awareness and educational movement. The Founding Partners are organisations that are aligned with the planetary defense component of asteroid education. Our partners play a critical role in making Asteroid Day a success. If you represent an organisation that would like to become an Asteroid Day Official Partner, please email us here and join this important effort.

Please view a list of our partners, here.