International Asteroid Day is a global event that aims to raise awareness about the potential threat posed by asteroids and the importance of protecting our planet from these celestial bodies. It is an occasion for experts, enthusiasts, and laypeople to come together and discuss asteroid-related issues, such as detection, tracking, and response strategies. The observance promotes international cooperation and encourages governments, organizations, and individuals to take action in reducing the risk of an asteroid impact.
The awareness day was established in 2014, following the release of a documentary entitled
In South Africa, International Asteroid Day is typically marked by a series of educational events and activities designed to inform the public about the issue. These may include conferences, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions focusing on asteroids, their potential dangers, and the means to defend against them. Observatories, universities, research institutes, and museums across the country often organize events, encouraging people of all ages to engage with and learn about this important global subject. The Observance takes place every year on June 30th, marking the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia.
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