World Asteroid Day

The World Asteroid Day is observed on June 30 to spread global awareness about the dangers of cosmic entities like asteroids to the Earth and to discuss solutions to mitigate such hazards. It falls on the anniversary of the Tunguska event – the largest asteroid impact in the world’s history.

The day was officially launched in 2014, after several eminent personalities like Stephen Hawking and others signed the 100X declaration – which received 22,000 signatures from astronauts, scientists, artists and the general public. The declaration calls for increasing the number of asteroid discoveries to 100,000 each year.

Written by IAS POINT

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