About International Asteroid Day
Asteroid Day takes place on 30 June 2019 and is an international United Nations-recognised campaign to raise awareness of asteroids, their potential threat to our planet and the scientific secrets that can be unlocked by studying them.
- Did you know? Worldwide, less than 50 people are actively looking for asteroids.
- Did you know? In Greek, ‘asteroid’ oddly means ‘similar to a star’.
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- Did you know? An asteroid nearly hit Earth in 1993. It passed only 120 000 km (75 000 miles) away.
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