WHAT IS ASTEROID DAY?
Asteroid Day is a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn the dangers asteroids pose and what we can do to protect our families, communities, and future generations. Asteroid Day will be held on the anniversary of the June 30, 1908, Tunguska blast, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history. By holding an event, you can enlist your community to join the thousands of scientists and public figures that have already signed the pledge to increase research 100-fold.
ORGANISING A REGIONAL EVENT
Asteroid Day aims for global grassroots involvement. Regionally organised events will be held June 30 that will tap into centralised online feeds of live expert lectures, and educational programs from international Asteroid Day organisers. Whether you run a museum, an astronomy club, or are simply a concerned citizen, this issue impacts us all, and Asteroid Day is designed to help you facilitate a conversation in your community. Some ideas include hosting panel discussions, dinners, educational events, concerts, film screenings, and myriad online activities to share information and connect. Daytime observing sessions of the Sun and nighttime viewing of the planets and stars create other opportunities.
FINDING A VENUE
Once you have decided on a theme for your local Asteroid Day event, you’ll need to find a venue. If your organisation is planning an event, you won’t have to look far for facilities, but for astronomy clubs, educators, and other groups without a permanent home, this takes planning. The site should have Internet access and the ability to project video footage from the official broadcasts. You can help draw a crowd by getting permission to hold your event at a self-congregating public place like a pub, cafe, bookstore, restaurant, art gallery, museum, park, or school. This strategy is about going to a place where an audience would naturally gather anyway.
GETTING THE WORD OUT
The size of your venue will dictate how large of a crowd you can draw. If too few people show up, there’s no way to start a conversation, but attracting more than your site can comfortably handle also isn’t helpful. Once you have a target audience, set up a social media presence and contact the community section of your local newspapers and news sites. Make sure the event is listed on calendars of local “things to do.” Radio stations can air public service announcements. Finally, designate a point person to work with local media.
Placing posters around town, where allowed, can also be a great way to let people know about Asteroid Day. Find promotional materials, here.
Another way to get the public engaged is by hosting local public talks and discussions that can complement the live online feed. Depending on your location, Asteroid Day organisers can help arrange experts to speak about the science and hazards posed by asteroids. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIST YOUR LOCAL EVENT
You can now submit your local event, here. If you need some help with your event then please indicate it in the listings form. We can then notify other Asteroid Day members.
HOST AN OFFICIAL ASTEROID DAY EVENT
If you are interested in hosting an official public Asteroid Day event, we are pleased to provide you with our logo and other materials and list your event on our website and within our social media campaign. Please contact us at email@example.com to register.
Read more about our Educational Toolkit, here.