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Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day

Today is Asteroid Day, but why do we have an Asteroid Day? Scientists and engineers believe it is key to develop plans for warning systems and diversion tactics just in case an asteroid should ever be found in an orbit that could endanger our planet! Hence it is a day to raise awareness of all things asteroids and understanding the solar system better than before.

The Asteroid Watch dashboard displays the next five Earth approaches to within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers or 19.5 times the distance to the moon); an object larger than about 150 meters that can approach the Earth to within this distance is termed a potentially hazardous object!

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Use a special app to check out constellations in the night sky – here
  • Make your own straw rockets with our activity – here
  • Or enjoy some cloud watching with our activity – here
  • Check out the Asteroid Watch dashboard which tracks nearby asteroids and comets – here