We want to help you in the event planning process by pointing you towards some of the resources you can use for your event. Our team has curated a set of resources that vary from presentations, videos to kid-friendly quizzes.
Calling all Asteroid Day Independent Event Organizers! We have a toolkit to help with your event planning and promotion! This toolkit contains information on everything you need to make sure your Asteroid Day event is well promoted, attended and documented. We have also included documents to help you create a customized Press and Media releases, [...]
How does one become a science communicator? Asteroid Day Programme Director, Colleen Fiaschettias she speaks with Dr Stuart Clark to learn more about his journey to become a science journalist for publications such as Guardian, BBC, European Space Agency and more. This online event was originally streamed live 15 April in partnership with Asteroid [...]
Cover of The Little Prince’s first edition. 1943 You may have heard of The Little Prince. It is a literary work by French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that tells the story of a boy who inhabits an asteroid and travels the universe to meet other planets and their inhabitants. At first glance it may look [...]
These radar images from NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California have helped to show that asteroid Apophis poses no danger to Earth for at least the next century. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech and NSF/AUI/GBO What is Asteroid Apophis? Apophis is a near-Earth asteroid that’s estimated to be about 350 metres across. That may sound [...]
Asteroid 2001 FO32 has been generating a lot of interest lately because of its ‘close’ flyby of Earth on 21 March. But what does close actually mean in an astronomical context? For certain, it doesn’t mean close in an every day sense. The asteroid will pass Earth at a distance of around 2 million kilometres […]
Asteroid 2001 FO32 generated a lot of interest because of its ‘close’ flyby of Earth on 21 March. Asteroid Day's Editorial Director spoke to Dr Gianluca Masi, of the Virtual Telescope Project, to find out exactly what close means in an astronomical context, why the observation of asteroids is so special to him, and what [...]
Your best chance to observe an asteroid has arrived. On 29 March 1807, Vesta became the fourth asteroid to be discovered and this March, it will reach its closest distance to us and its greatest brightness for the year. It will be visible in the sky throughout the night and binoculars will be enough to […]
Learning Objective: To learn about the techniques we use to explore asteroids. Overview: From the first telescopic observations to the present day’s sample return missions, astronomers and planetary scientists have developed a number of increasingly advanced techniques to help them explore asteroids. Specifics: Remote Observation This was the state of the art during the 19th […]
B612 Foundation is an organization dedicated to the protection of Earth from asteroid impacts. It was formed 19 years ago following a workshop at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, that gathered together around 20 asteroid experts to discuss the mechanics of Planetary Defense. The organizers of that workshop were astronaut and physicist [...]
There was a lot more riding on the Delta II rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral on 17 February 1996 than the NEAR-Shoemaker space probe. NASA’s pride was on the line. A string of expensive failures had hurt the agency and now they were taking a fresh approach. Instead of concentrating on large missions that [...]
LUXEMBOURG (11 February 2021) -- Asteroid Foundation’s annual Asteroid Day will return on 30 June. The theme for this year will be the 25th launch anniversary of NASA’s NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft, and the 2021 launch of three new asteroid missions, NASA’s Lucy, NEA Scout and DART – the world’s first mission to test an asteroid deflection [...]
This year many new pages will be written in the history of asteroid exploration. NASA is planning to launch no less than three missions. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the first planetary defense mission, is scheduled for launch in July. In October, Lucy, the first mission to study the Trojan group of asteroids near […]
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