More than 15 national institutions in Chile joined together to celebrate Asteroid Day. The Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS) played an essential role in the organization.
One of the events was the first Asteroid Day Short Stories Contest. This contest invited primary and secondary students from different parts of Chile to write a short story of no more than 108 words, making reference to the 108 years since the Tunguska event that is commemorated every June 30th.
After receiving 200 story submissions, the two winners of the first prize were decided: Catalina Piña, primary student of 8th grade at Colegio San Adrián de Quilicura, and Damaris Ruiz, secondary student of 2nd grade at Liceo Bicentenario de Coronel. The Award Ceremony was held at the Planetarium, where the audience could discuss asteroids with MAS Associate Researcher and leader of this celebration in Chile, Alejandro Clocchiatti, and Universidad del Desarrollo’s Geologist, Cristhián Salazar.