Hundreds of events around the world, more than 40 experts recorded over just one month, five hours of content, and one sensational topic: asteroids! This is how we think of Asteroid Day 2021.
By the autumn of 2020, the world was adjusting to the long-term realities of living with the pandemic, and so we opted for another digital Asteroid Day LIVE, fully produced from Luxembourg.
What is the best part of producing an entirely digital event? The ability to invite specialists from around the globe! This seemed only fitting since Asteroid Day is the UN-designated international day of awareness and education. It also meant that we could hear from people new to Asteroid Day LIVE and renew past partnerships around the globe.
As a result, Asteroid Day LIVE featured a broad range of asteroid researchers: from citizen scientists to top-tier managers at NASA, ESA, LSA and JAXA. Invaluable original content was provided by our partners at the Association of Space Explorers, The Planetary Society, University of Luxembourg SnT, JAXA and ESA.
In addition to broadcast, POST Luxembourg Philately commemorated the event with a special postage and stamp that features a image of asteroid Ryugu that was captured by the JAXA Hayabusa2 mission, and rendered into a 3D stereoscopic image by Dr Brian May, astrophysicist, co-founder of Asteroid Day and the lead guitarist of the British rock band, Queen and colleague Claudia Manzoni.
Building on the experience of last year, and utilizing the skills of new in-house staff members, we transformed Zoom calls into panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, and individual presentations. The format of our content this year leant itself towards shorter segments answering the fundamental questions the public asks about asteroids.
Our thanks as always go to our sponsors who make Asteroid Day possible: the Luxembourg Space Agency, BCE, SES, B612 Foundation, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, OHB and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT).
Global Events Worldwide:
Like last year, our event organizers took to hosting online, with virtual events being the majority around the world. In this way, organizers from different countries were able to participate in the same event through webinars, sharing knowledge and attracting a very diverse audience. Alternative social networks like Instagram and TikTok were explored by some organizers with short videocasts and webinars about Asteroid Day.
In countries where pandemic restrictions were more relaxed, face-to-face events were hosted in countries such as Brazil, Mozambique and Lithuania through lectures, meteorite exhibitions and observations of lunar craters.
In this edition we had the honor of having countries that had their first ever participation in Asteroid Day and returning countries from years ago including events in Benin, China and France. All continents were represented on this year’s Asteroid Day. Here are a few events from this year: