We are so familiar with astronomy day. Astronomy day and asteroid day are two different days. Sometimes you may not know about asteroid day. In this article, I hope to write about asteroid day.
In this writing, I anticipate discussing mainly four-point under this topic. Those are,
- What is an international day?
- An introduction of the asteroids.
- About Asteroid day.
- About the 2020 Asteroid day.
What is an international day?
The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years, and decades as occasions to make particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action the objectives of the organization.
On occasion, these celebrations are announced by the specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, etc. When they concern issues that fall within the scope of their competencies.
About 4.6 billion years ago, the remnants of the rocks and metallic objects that formed our solar system were called asteroids. There are asteroids as small as a few feet and also hundreds of miles larger. total, the mass of all the asteroids is less than that of Earth’s moon. There are three types of asteroids. Those are,
- C type – carbon-rich
- M type -metallic
- S type – silicate(stony)
The four largest asteroids are,
- 1 Ceres
- 4 Vesta
- 2 Pallas
- 10 Hygiea
Objects close to the Earth(NEO s) have a bad effect on the Earth. NEOs are asteroids or comets that travel near Earth’s orbit. According to the space station, there are about 16,000 asteroids around the earth. Earth has been impacted by asteroids in the past. The best-known and largest recorded event in modern times was the Tunguska event, which occurred in Siberia, Russia, on 30th June 1908. In April 2018, the B612 Foundation discovered that an asteroid would collide with the Earth, and the exact date of the collision could not be stated.
I think, now you have a simple idea about the asteroids.
Asteroid day was officially launched on December 3, 2014. But, In 2016, an astronaut and Association of Space Explorers presented a proposal to the United Nations. The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A / RES / 71/90 on December 2016 and International June 30 as International Asteroid Day. Because of the Tunguska impact on Siberia and the Russian Federation that took place on June 30, 1908.
Aims of the Asteroid day are,
- Raise awareness about asteroids.
- What can be done to protect the earth, its families, communities, and future generations from a catastrophic event?
Today is the 6th annual Asteroid Day and it will be held as a digital event. This year the Asteroid Foundation has organized a full digital event on asteroid science and exploration, which will be live from Luxembourg And also Asteroid Day Live is streaming over Asteroid Day TV.
I hope this article may be useful to you.