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How to watch Asteroid Day LIVE

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Watching the 24-hour Asteroid Day LIVE broadcast on June 30th couldn’t be easier. You have two main options to watch Asteroid Day LIVE from wherever you are in the world using your computer, tablet, television, or even your smartphone. We have collected them all here for you! View our full line-up of Luxembourg speakers here and view our full schedule, here.

Watch via the Asteroid Day website

The easiest way to watch is certainly via the AsteroidDay.org/live page. The stream will appear on the website’s dedicated live page hours before the broadcast goes live on June 30th at 3.00 AM CET (GMT+2, Central European/Berlin/Paris time).

 Television

Obviously, you can also stream the option above to your Smart TV.

But if you prefer to receive the broadcast more conventionally via satellite, we have got you covered there as well. Thanks to the support of SES, all of Europe will be able to receive the broadcast via satellite – check this map for the exact area covered!

Starting on June 1st you will be able to tune your television to the official Asteroid Day channel where for 24 hours on June 30th you will be able to watch Asteroid Day Live. In the days leading up to this we will broadcast a still image. Once you’ve retuned your TV and receive this image, you will also receive live broadcast on June 30th. To retune your TV go into settings and either ‘retune’ or ‘update’ your channels (the exact procedure depends on the TV’s manufacturer and model). After this process is complete you will be able to find Asteroid Day TV.

Below you will find the frequencies and satellite tuning information:

SES will broadcast the caption as of 1st of June on Astra 1L @19.2 East

Service Name: Asteroid Day 2017
Service ID: 4299
Transponder: 1.006
Orbital Pos: 19.2 East
Downlink Frequency: 11288.00 MHz
Polarisation: Vertical
Modulation: DVB-S2 8PSK
FEC: 2/3
SR: 22 MSym/s 

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AD Stories: Patrick Michel on Collaboration in Astronomy

Patrick Michel © Max Alexander / Asteroid Day

AD Stories is heading to France today where Patrick Michel leads the “Theories and Observations in Planetology” team at the Lagrange Laboratory of the Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice. Patrick shared an anecdote with us that serves as the perfect example for international cooperation and collaboration between astronomers – an aspect that particularly fascinates him in his job and drives his passion for asteroids.

Patrick Michel

In 2008, Patrick Michel published a paper in Nature with two collaborators, Kevin Walsh and Derek Richardson, explaining how a small binary asteroid formed and why the primary one usually has an oblate spheroidal shape found in radar observations. They used radar observations of binary asteroid 1999KW4 for this study. Afterwards each one of them received a model of 1999KW4 in our mail box, sent by Steven J. Ostro, the father of asteroid radar observations. They felt very honoured that the author of the shape determination would think of sending them a model of his discovery. A few months later, Steve would die from cancer. But this little gesture demonstrated the recognition and respect astronomers have from each other, when one finds an explanation for something observed by somebody else. All working for the same cause, the improvement of knowledge. “Even if we like to compete with each other, in the end, we’re so happy when a robust explanation of some phenomenon is revealed by any of us!”

More precious than any precious element.

He also made sure to highlight the importance asteroids play in the exploration of and research on our solar system. For Patrick, there is definitely much more to them than a potential for destruction! He emphasised that some of them contain Calcium-Aluminum-rich inclusions, some of the oldest materials in the solar system. Thanks to these inclusions, we were able to date our solar systems formation at 4.567 billion years ago. Asteroids are the best tracers of our origin and the solar system’s history. “These primitive stones have a lot to say and we must both scientifically study them more, possibly exploit them, and protect us from the dangerous ones. All this needs essentially the same kind of studies/space missions, so each time we study them, we serve these three objectives!”, he concluded. To Patrick, asteroids are “more precious than any precious element”.

(Image credits: © Max Alexander / Asteroid Day)

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Sweden Calling: The story behind Asteroid Day Malmö

Turning Torso © Pol Felten

In our continued coverage of several Asteroid Day events around the world, we are bringing you a story from the Skåne region in Southern Sweden today. Tomas Diez, Vice Chairman of the Astronomical Society Tycho Brahe, is the man behind Asteroid Day Malmö and in this post, he is not only talking about how the Malmö event came to be, but also about the history of the Planetarium organising it. Here is what he had to say:

The Astronomical Society Tycho Brahe

“The observatory belonging to the Astronomical Society Tycho Brahe (Astronomiska Skällskapet Tycho Brahe, ASTB for short) is located outside Malmö in southern Sweden. Later this year we are celebrating 80 years as a society, which was founded by the notorious astronomer professor Knut Lundmark in 1937. Much later in 1973 our observatory was inaugurated, which currently holds a remote controlled telescope with an advanced CCD camera and another telescope for visual observations during our events onsite.

Late 2016 we started to talk about Asteroid Day and doing something during this day. The question was discussed on our board and we finally took the decision to go ahead. Since ASTB is working to popularise astronomy we do a number of recurring events such as the Perseids and “street astronomy” were we attend a large cultural night in the city of Lund every year for instance. But for Asteroid Day we wanted to try a different format and also work even harder to reach a broader audience.

Perseids © Astronomical Society Tycho Brahe

Plans for Asteroid Day Take Shape in Southern Sweden

The chosen location was a central hotel in Malmö with somewhat better capacity for around 200 participants as compared to the normal locations we use. We also wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere, which the chosen hotel will hopefully be able to fulfil in combination with the programme. Our lectures are quite short at around 30 minutes, with breaks of 30 minutes in between. The idea is simply to allow for questions and conversations, and to socialise with friends during the evening.

In total we will have four lectures (on the creation of asteroids and our solar system, on the asteroid belt, on planetary defence, and on space mining and probes), starting at 6 PM (doors open already at 5 PM for drinks and mingling) and we went for a somewhat bold final activity to try a live observation of a passing asteroid. However, since the night sky is bright here in Sweden during summer we decided to book time on a remote telescope in Spain to increase our odds for success.

The Challenge of Reaching an Audience

Many dedicated members has supported all the work to make this happen. The hardest part for us is to reach the broad audience, which is our purpose and none the least the purpose of International Asteroid Day. Therefore we decided to print a physical flyer which is distributed throughout numerous strategic locations such as libraries, the technical Museum and the University. But this turned out not to be quite enough, so we also took the opportunity to try out advertising on social media. With a small budget we suddenly had the ability to reach much further and especially to a broader audience. At the moment we don’t limit the targeted audience with keywords – just prioritise to reach as many people as possible with the message of our event. The knowledge accumulated during the marketing of Asteroid Day will also help us in the future work within ASTB.

So far it has been a thrilling but also a little nerve-wrecking period since we started the marketing. Will we have all the participants we hope for? Will the final live observation work out or do we end up with technical issues? The aim is very high – and we will just have to wait and hope for a wonderful evening on the 30th June!

Finally we also want to extend our warm thanks to Malmö municipality for financing the event.”

Stargazing © Astronomical Society Tycho Brahe

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Here at Asteroid Day Global, we send our best wishes for a successful first event to Skåne and hope that we could contribute to spreading the message of the Malmö event. For more information on Asteroid Day Malmö, please visit the website of the Tycho Brahe Astronomical Society and go to their dedicated page to register for the entire event or individual lectures.

If you can’t make it to Sweden or visit Malmö on June 30th, you are more than welcome to tune in to the 24 hour Asteroid Day live broadcast, and watch our 6-hour live broadcast from Luxembourg. And for our followers in Malmö and Lund, the Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg segment ends at 6 PM, so you should definitely hop over to the Scandic Triangeln hotel to soak up even more information!

Our complete 24-hour live broadcast programme and schedule is available here. For the collected information and stream on June 30th, visit our Asteroid Day LIVE page!

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