The year 2020 marks the 6th anniversary of World Asteroid day. It is celebrated to spread awareness about the asteroids, its intensity, and how it will impact planet Earth if it crashes in.
Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the Sun. Although asteroids orbit the Sun like planets, they are much smaller than planets. In 1908, roughly more than 112 years ago, on this day, a large asteroid impact flattened the forest in Tunguska, Siberia, leaving behind a crater spanning as fast as the eye can see on both sides from the center. The impact was 500,000 acres of uninhabited forest, scorching the land, creating ‘glowing clouds’, and producing shock waves that were detected around the world. So, the United Nations declared 30 June as International Asteroid Day.
This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Asteroid Day will be celebrated digitally with the events and panel live broadcast on the official site from Luxembourg. Topics of discussion this year include the acceleration in the rate of our asteroid discoveries and why it is set to accelerate even faster, the imminent arrival of samples from asteroid Ryugu and Bennu, the exciting preparations for the joint US-Europe mission to binary asteroid Didymos, and much more,” notes official Asteroid Day website.