International Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign to promote the importance of asteroids and raise awareness about the potential threat they pose to Earth. It aims to educate people about asteroids and their impact on our planet, and encourages individuals and governments to take action by supporting the development of asteroid detection and defense technologies.
The observance also marks the anniversary of the Tunguska event. This was the most significant asteroid impact in recent history, which occurred on June 30th, 1908, in Siberia, Russia. The explosion from the impact leveled trees across 800 square miles and had an estimated energy equivalent to 15 megatons of TNT.
The United Kingdom has been actively participating in International Asteroid Day since its inception in 2015. Various events are organized across the country to raise awareness about asteroids and their impact on Earth. From keynote speeches to documentaries, workshops, and educational programs, these events seek to provide the public with information on what asteroids are, how they travel through space, and what steps are being taken to predict and prevent impact. International Asteroid Day is observed annually on June 30th.
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