International Asteroid Day 2024: Date, History, Significance

international small star Day 2024: The universe is full of surprises, and asteroids are one of them. They are neither planets nor comets. Asteroids are either metallic or icy bodies or rocks that orbit within the inner solar system. Asteroids have no atmosphere of their own and they also vary in size and shape. Sometimes, an asteroid can be as small as a small rubble pile or as large as a dwarf planet with a 1000 kilometer diameter. However, asteroids can cause serious damage when they enter the Earth's atmosphere. It is necessary to create awareness about the asteroid impact and how dangerous it can be. To make people understand, International Asteroid Day is celebrated every year.

International Asteroid Day is observed every year on June 30.

As we prepare to celebrate this important day, there are a few things to keep in mind.

International Asteroid Day 2024: Date

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Every year International Asteroid Day is observed on June 30. This year International Asteroid Day falls on Sunday.

International Asteroid Day 2024: History

In 1908, the asteroid event also known as the Tunguska Event occurred in the Siberian desert region; the region is now known as Krasnoyarsk Krai. The asteroid left no impact crater – it is believed that it disintegrated after entering the Earth’s surface. Eyewitnesses confirmed the event, and the incident is known as one of the largest asteroid impacts recorded in human history. Stephen Hawking, along with a few others including Apollo 9 astronaut and Queen’s guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May, founded the International Asteroid Day. In 2014, the day was officially launched. In 2016, the United Nations declared to celebrate this day every year.

International Asteroid Day 2024: Significance

June 30 was chosen to celebrate International Asteroid Day in memory of the Tunguska event. The best way to celebrate this day is to learn more about asteroids, understand how they can affect us, and take more interest in asteroid events.

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