Asteroid Day events are scheduled around the globe after two years of mostly digital events and programming. These events are largely independently organized by museums, planetariums, space agencies, universities, clubs and enthusiastic educators around the world for people of all ages and are mostly free-of-charge. Events range from lectures and to short story contests to live concerts and broader community events.
“This year there are events scheduled in 34 countries around the world and our network of regional event organizers has grown over the years. We work to highlight their creativity organising their events as part of ourglobal tools provided through our website and through our social media promotional activities.” said Saulo Machado Asteroid Days Global Event Coordinator.
“Every year we continued to be impressed and inspired by the scope and breadth of the global event organziers ability to develop fresh programming and gather together increasingly larger audiences to learn about asteroids risks and opportunities” said Danica Remy, Asteroid Day co-founder “these local leaders are the heart and soul of Asteroid Day”
Global programs span from evening events, to full week long programing covering everything space related including discussions about the International Space Station, Mars and visiting asteroids and more. The Asteroid Day independent organizers have access to Asteroid Day’s LEARN series about asteroids to all the past years Asteroid Day LIVE program which feature leading asteroid experts from around the globe and many more digital resources to support their program actives. Asteroid Day is a program of Asteroid Foundation and is supported by donations from donors around the world. A samplingof events leadingup to or on Asteroid Day around the globe include:
Premier Event : The Bureau of Global Public Affairs will host an online event on asteroid impact risk and international partnerships dedicated to protecting planet Earth, with the participation of Professor of Physics and Astronomy from University of Central Florida, Dr. Humberto Campins, scientist and veteran NASA astronaut, Thomas D. Jones, and NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer, Lindley Johnson. Premier Event : Meteor Crater in partnership with Lowell Observatory in Arizona are planning a fullday of events complete with panels, speakers, food trucks, local beer, tours of both facilities, poi performances, and night-sky viewing.Meteor Crater is the best preserved asteroidimpact site in the world.
The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology will presentits own meteorite collection and offer the public fun meteorite and comet activities, including a scavenger hunt for the kids and delicious “space” ice cream!
El Firmamento and City Hall of Mendoza will organize an event for the sixth consecutive year, inviting experts to explain to the public about asteroids classification, their dimensions, composition, where to find them and the consequences of impacts on our planet. Other information here (in Spanish).
Premier Event : The University of Campinas will hold The workshop “Look Up! Challenges of Communicating Planetary Defense,” a debate with Brazilian and foreign experts about the characteristics and risks of collisions between asteroids and comets against Earth, on measures to defend our planet from this type of natural disaster, as well as on the implications of this phenomenon for the human species. See all the event attractions here (in Portuguese)
Observatories, universities and planetariums will organize the II Colombian Asteroid Festival, with free workshops, lectures with experts and sky watching sessions. As an integral part of this festival, there will be a contest where competitors must illustrate a strategic mission of planetary defense against the impact of asteroids. See activities schedule and contest rules (in Spanish).
The Société Astronomique de Bourgogne will organize a meteorite exhibition and interactive workshops for teens and adults at Jardin de l'Arquebuse in the city of Dijon. Access the booklet with the full schedule here (in French)
The Berlin Planetarium will have the live lecture"Gefahr aus dem All - ist Abwehr möglich?" ("Space Hazard - Is Defense Possible?"), with Professor Dr. Jürgen Oberst, one of the leading experts in planetary research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Afterwards, the public will have free time to ask questions to the speaker and equipment will be available for observing the sky. See here how to participate (in German).
The Stuttgart Planetarium will organize a 3-day sciencefestival ending on Asteroid Day with a presentation on the exploration of minor planets by planetary scientist Ulrich Köhler from the DLR Institute for Planetary Research, Access the full festival program here (in German).
Tabarre Astronomy Club will organize the online conference “Earth facing the Asteroids”, which will be presented by John Maksen Larose and Lydie Perpignan, both members of Haiti NOC from the IAU Office of Astronomy Awareness network. More details here (in French).
Premier Event : GAL Hassin Foundation will offer two days of activities including lectures, sky observation and asteroid search using the Galhassin Robotic Telescope 1. More information here (in Italian).
The Meteorite Museum will participate with an eventcentered on the DART mission with discussions on many aspects of asteroid research, their threats to Earth and their relationship to meteorites. See details here (in Latvian).
Premier Event : An asteroid quiz competition willbe the first in a series of activities organized by Planetarium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Their Asteroid Day celebration will be quite extensive, ending in August! You can follow the program here (in Malay).
The Universidad of Alicante will participate withlectures on the DART mission and the European Space Agency's planetary defense actions. There will also be a meteorite exhibit and an inclusive activity using 3D models of asteroids.
The Sternwarte Planetarium SIRIUSof Sigriswil willparticipate in Asteroid Day, holding special exhibitions on the topic at their dome. See detailshere(in German).