Originally published on AsteroidDay.org and edited through EarthSky.
The Asteroid Foundation returns through Luxembourg’s asteroid Day Live Digital. This year, the event is a digital celebration of asteroid science and exploration. Group discussions and one-on-one interviews with astronauts and world experts will begin airing on June 30, 2020 at 12:00 US Central Standard Time (UTC 10:00 UTC, 6 AM Eastern Daylight Time). Please visit the broadcast schedule to find out when Asteroid Day LIVE is playing in your time zone.
The plan will be repeated multiple times a day from June 30 to July 4.
The live broadcast of Asteroid Day is streamed via TV on Asteroid Day. Detailed program schedules can be found on the Asteroid Day website. After Asteroid Day on June 30, various panels can be found on the site and on YouTube.
Asteroid Day is held on June 30 every year to commemorate the largest recorded asteroid impact event in history-Siberian Tunguska. Astrophysicist, Queen of the famous rock band, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, film producer Glick Ricks and B612 Foundation Chairman Danny Remy co-founded “Asteroid Day” Is to educate the public about the importance of asteroids in our history and their role in the solar system. In 2016, under the leadership of the Space Explorers Association (ASE), the United Nations announced Asteroid Day as a global education day to raise public awareness And promote public understanding of asteroids. For more information, please visit AsteroidDay.org.
Every year, “Asteroid Day” presents the public with the most advanced snapshots of asteroid research, from the largest telescope on Earth to the most ambitious space mission. Topics discussed this year include the accelerated speed of our asteroid discovery and why it will accelerate faster, samples of the asteroids Ryugu and Bennu are coming soon, the United States and Europe jointly execute the exciting preparations for the binary asteroid Didymos, and more .
Asteroids are the remnants of the birth of planets in the solar system. Many are broken fragments of these tiny protoplanets, which have never matured.
Dr. Tom Jones, senior astronaut and planetary scientist, member of the Asteroid Day Expert Panel said:
The asteroid exploration mission introduced us to the birth of our own planet and revealed how asteroids can serve as astronauts and stepping stones to Mars.
Each asteroid is an individual with its own story. This is what Asteroid Day means: bring these stories to the widest possible audience.
SES CTO Ruy Pinto said:
Space and science have always been the source of inspiration for SES! This is one of the reasons why we and our partners continue to do extraordinary things in space to provide amazing experiences in every corner of the planet.
Through satellite broadcasting, we are able to reach millions of television families, which allows us to unite people around science, space and technology topics.
Mark Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency, said:
The valuable expertise of SES and BCE plays a central role in making “Asteroid Day” an international success and enabling us to conduct global dialogue on space, space resources and asteroids in this COVID-19 era.
Such research can also protect our planet. Jan Wörner, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) pointed out:
Asteroid impact is a natural disaster, if we see an impact fast enough we can avoid it
Join Asteroid Day Live Digital in Luxembourg to celebrate the huge fragments of the solar system.
Asteroid Day Live Digital from Luxembourg lasted five hours and the panel discussion included:
Panel moderators include Sarah Cruddas, Alan Boyle, Lisa Burke, Sabinije von Gaffke ) And Stuart Clark. The panel summary description can be found here.
In the week before Asteroid Day, the European Space Agency will produce several asteroid day plans in French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Italian, including asteroid experts and special guests to discuss European planets targeted at ordinary European citizens Defense and activities related to asteroids. In these countries, ESA will make its debut in the English part of Asteroid Day LIVE in Luxembourg on June 30.
In addition to the ESA program, there are also independent online lectures worldwide. “Stones Falling from the Sky: The Birth of Asteroid and Meteorite Science” will come from Spain, Chile’s Asteroid Day organized lectures, children’s workshops and audiovisual conferences from more than 20 national institutions. The content will be broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube from June 29 to 30. More content can be found online at AsteroidDay.org; due to Covid-19, only a limited number of independent events can be conducted this year.
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Bottom line: The sixth annual Asteroid Day will be held as a digital event on June 30, 2020. It will feature expert lectures, group discussions and question and answer periods.