World Asteroid Day 2022

The Asteroid Day’ is celebrated on June 30 every year. It is held on the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event that took place on June 30, 1908, the most harmful known asteroid-related event on Earth in recent history. The United Nations has proclaimed it be observed globally on June 30 every year in its resolution.

What is an Asteroid? :

An asteroid is a minor planet that didn't develop entirely when the Solar System was born. A million asteroids exist in the orbit of the Sun. Most of them are in the central asteroid belt, the area between Mars and Jupiter orbits. They are of diverse size and shape because they are created in different locations and different distances from the Sun. They are formed of different rocks but contain clay or metal, such as nickel and iron.

History of International Asteroid Day :

In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/71/90 and declared June 30 as International Asteroid Day. The day marks Earth's most massive asteroid impact in history, the 1908 Tunguska event. It was the most harmful recorded asteroid-related event on Earth as it damaged local plants and animals.

This day is co-founded by an astrophysicist, Dr Brian May, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, filmmaker Grig Richters, B612 Foundation President Danica Remy, and Asteroid Day, a self-motivated educational program to inspire the world about asteroids.

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