World Asteroid Day 2023: June 30 History, theme, Significance, and Quotes

World Asteroid Day 2023: On June 30th of this current year World Asteroid Day 2023 is observed as an awareness program among the public all over the world. As the anniversary of the Tunguska event in 1908 approaches, June 30th is designated as International Asteroid Day. This World Asteroid Day 2023 is commemorated to promote awareness about how asteroids will be used in the future, how asteroids will pave the path for future exploration, and how we can protect our planet from asteroid collisions. World Asteroid Day 2023 is a worldwide campaign to defend our planet from asteroids. On World Asteroid Day 2023, a number of activities are being held around the world to raise public awareness about asteroids. There are approximately one million asteroids in orbit that could collide with the earth, yet only around 1% of them have been found by current science. The 100X Asteroid Declaration was prepared by Asteroid Day's founders, together with a number of prominent scientists, to counteract this. Scientists will try to increase the rate of asteroid discovery to 100,000 per year within a decade, according to the declaration. International Asteroid Day is dedicated to increasing awareness of the declaration and assisting fellow Earthlings in preparing for an asteroid collision.

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Asteroids are tiny stony rocks that travel in a circular orbit around the sun. These asteroids are frequently found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, but some have more eccentric orbits. Asteroids are rocky-metallic objects that range in size from pebbles to 600 miles across. They aren't large enough to be classified as planets, yet they do orbit the Sun. They're sometimes referred to as the Solar System's leftovers. In our Solar System, there are hundreds of thousands of asteroids, some of which are so small that they have yet to be detected. The holiday was founded after the 2014 release of the film 51 Degrees North, which explores what would happen if an asteroid were to strike London. The film’s creative team (many of whom are scientists) wanted to raise more awareness about the threat of asteroids to earth, and how we can help protect ourselves.

World Asteroid Day History

  • In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution A/RES/71/90 proclaiming June 30 as International Asteroid Day to commemorate the Tunguska impact over Siberia, Russian Federation, on June 30, 1908, and to raise awareness about the risks of asteroids on a global scale.
  • Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist of QUEEN co-founded International Asteroid Day with Danica Remy, President of the B612 Foundation, Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut, and filmmaker Grig Richters to raise public awareness about the importance of asteroids in the formation of our universe and their current role in our solar system.
  • Asteroid Day was co-founded by astrophysicist and lead guitarist of QUEEN Dr. Brian May together with Danica Remy, President of B612 Foundation, Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut, and filmmaker Grig Richters, to promote awareness and provide knowledge to the general public about the benefits of asteroids and measures to save our earth from the impact of asteroids.
  • B612 strives to defend the Earth against asteroid strikes by informing and advancing global planetary defense decision-making.

World Asteroid Day 2023 Theme

On June 30, a large explosion over the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia, was known as the Tunguska impact. This is thought to be the greatest asteroid impact in history. The asteroid hit the atmosphere at a speed of roughly 33,500 miles per hour, according to NASA. The air around the 220-million-pound space rock was heated to 44,500 degrees Fahrenheit by the space rock. The asteroid broke into shards at around 28,000 feet altitude due to a combination of pressure and heat, culminating in a blaze with the energy released equal to about 185 Hiroshima bombs. Over an area of 830 square miles, the blast destroyed an estimated 80 million trees (2,150 square kilometers). More than 700 events are expected to take place this year, and volunteers can help to set up events, create content, design graphics, and help spread the word.

World Asteroid Day 2023 Significance

International Asteroid Day encourages people of all ages to pick up a book and learn more about the sky above them and the galaxy that surrounds us. The holiday encourages established scientists to conduct additional research and, in certain cases, to raise scientific funding. The holiday has now been officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, which will provide even more motivation for research. It is necessary to understand asteroids’ hazardous impacts and thus World Asteroid Day is celebrated around the world to educate people about asteroids and their impacts on our planet. Most people are understandably preoccupied with events on the ground and are unaware that asteroids pose a threat to our safety. International Asteroid Day is a fantastic approach to raise awareness about the problem. If an asteroid hits the planet, the holiday and the events surrounding it could make a big impact on people's ability to protect themselves.

World Asteroid Day 2023 Quotes

  • As much as countries spend on war planning, the Earth could be saved if half of them would pay them for science and idea.
  • Asteroids have the power to destroy our life and planet, we should come up with more advanced technology to protect the earth.
  • No one is happy with the way we humans are treating Earth and not even asteroids please Treat the earth with respect.

World Asteroid Day 2023 FAQs

How big is the asteroid that's coming in 2023?

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid measuring more than a mile long will zoom past Earth this week, the largest asteroid expected to get relatively close to our planet in 2023. The asteroid, named 1989 JA, is estimated to be 1.1 miles long, or 5,905 feet, according to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.

Which asteroid can hit Earth in the future?

On average, an asteroid the size of Apophis (370 meters) is expected to impact Earth once in about 80,000 years.

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