International Asteroid Day is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the dangers posed by asteroids and the need to develop strategies to protect our planet from potential impacts. The inception of International Asteroid Day can be traced back to 1908, when a massive asteroid strike occurred in the Tunguska region of Siberia, Russia, causing massive explosions that leveled forests and caused widespread damage. The incident served as a wake-up call, highlighting the danger posed by space rocks and increasing interest in asteroid research.
In 2016, the United Nations declared June 30th as International Asteroid Day, calling on countries to raise awareness about the risks posed by asteroids and to promote space exploration and asteroid detection strategies. Since then, the day has been marked by a range of activities worldwide, bringing together scientists, researchers, and policymakers to collaborate on strategies to mitigate the risks of asteroid strikes.
In Australia, the event is celebrated by a range of activities, including educational programs in schools and community events aimed at educating people about the risks associated with asteroids and the importance of space exploration. The day is also marked with public lectures, documentaries, and exhibitions across the country. International Asteroid Day is observed annually on June 30th.
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