Get ready for Asteroid Day festivities in London

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The first ever Asteroid Day will raise awareness for near-Earth asteroid research, highlighting the danger space rocks pose to us. The commemoration will take place June 30, 2015, on the 107th anniversary of the Tunguska event, when an asteroid or cometary nucleus obliterated huge areas of forest in Siberia.

Significant events are planned for Asteroid Day in London, England, at the Science Museum south of Hyde Park.

Guests will be treated to a science panel discussion and then will watch an exclusive screening of the film 51 Degrees North, created by Grigorij Richters, co-founder of Asteroid Day.

The panel will include Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of England; English diplomat Sir Crispin Tickell; astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell; astrophysicist Alan Fitzsimmons; risk crisis specialist Debbie Lewis; U.K. Space Agency Chief Engineer Richard Crowther; and science journalist Stuart Clark.

You can find out more and reserve tickets here; and read background about Asteroid Day here.

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