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Happy Asteroid Day! Join us in the experience by tuning into all the great live stream events going on around the world. Asteroid Day is a locally organized effort with a growing number of live streams. Over last year, the live stream growth rate is testament to the hard work of Asteroid Day organisers around the world.  True to any kind of live event with live people there maybe last minute program adjusts and some technical difficulties.  Asteroid Day Global has no control over the local event programs.

Please note that our LIVE BLOG begins on June 29 at 5PM PST // 1AM BST (June 30) and the feature film 51º NORTH can now be watched for free, here.

Our partner, the European Space Agency is hosting an AMA on Reddit. The AMA will take place at 14:45 GMT / 16:45 CEST on reddit.com/r/IAmA (but will appear there only a few hours before it starts).

GMT/ UTC Time Zone Live Stream
Check your local listings The Man Who Tweeted Earth
Check your local listings Man Vs. Asteroid
11:00 Facebook Live with astronaut Dorin Prunariu powered by Discovery Romania
12:30 Facebook Live Coverage powered by ESA
13:00-16:30 Small Bodies Assessment Group powered by NASA (Requires code to login which is provided on the SBAG site)
13:45 Facebook Live Coverage powered by ESA ESTEC in the Netherlands, talking about our Asteroid Impact Candidate Mission
17:00-19:00 ESA live stream – a meeting with astronomers and experts on space missions
17:30 Asteroid Day Global interviews Debbie Lewis
18:00 Dante Lauretta, Professor of Planetary Science in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, interview with Asteroid Day Global
19:00 Intro Italian Stream
19:00 Astronaut Tom Jones powered by Virtual Telescope
19:30 Grig Richters powered by Virtual Telescope
19:30 Scott Manley from CalAcademy powered by B612 and Asteroid Day
19:45-22:00 Italian Virtual Telescope Live Stream – Il Regno degli Asteroidi scienza, storia e osservazioni online
20:30 Geoff Notkin from CalAcademy powered by B612 and Asteroid Day
21:15 Lynne Jones from CalAcademy powered by B612 and Asteroid Day
22:30 Scott Manley from CalAcademy powered by B612 and Asteroid Day
23:00 Live Stream powered by Slooh
23:00 “A Journey Across Near-Earth Asteroids: science, history, real-time observations”
23:10 Eric Christiensen from Catalina Sky Survey powered by Virtual Telescope
23:45 Mike Schwartz from Tenagra Obs powered by Virtual Telescope
24:00 Ed Lu, astronaut and Asteroid Day supporter, is giving a live interview with Slooh.
0:30 Asteroid Day expert Debbie Lewis powered Virtual Telescope
1:00 Jay Tate from The Spaceguard Centre powered by Virtual Telescope
1:00 Arecibo – “A Journey Across Near-Earth Asteroids: science, history, real-time observations”
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Event Characteristic for Success


In 2015, our first year of celebrating Asteroid Day, we had two premier events, one in San Francisco and one in London. Now, the second year of Asteroid Day, we have six! Asteroid Day hopes the number of premier events increases each year as the global movement expands. Premier events get some important support from Asteroid Day.  First we use the Premier events in our press releases and our publications as great examples of locally organized events.  We are highly responsive to the Premier events because they have shown us they are strong and capable partners.

To be considered an Asteroid Day premier event, there are a few characteristics an event should demonstrate and actions an event organiser generally takes to execute a successful event. First and foremost, all events should be registered on http://events.asteroidday.org. An event should be listed with detailed event information (or a link to a detailed program), photos, a program, and contact information. Event organisers should engage in regular communication with the Asteroid Day team, sharing information in advance about the event, and publication of activities that demonstrates advance planning. We highly encourage and expect premier events to send photos and videos before and after the event along with press mentions. Organisers should post their photos and videos online and provide some content on their event listings to us so we can post or repost online. These visual and program details are important for the Asteroid Day team when writing blog posts to promote events or when sending out PR alerts to the public. We are looking for groups that seek press and use social media to let their community know about their event. Whether they are one person or whole organization, it’s’ about making sure the public can find your event. All event organisers can take steps and actions to transform their event into a premier-status event.

We put two events side-by-side to demonstrate examples of events which met the characteristics of what we imagined would be premier events. One example is a returning Asteroid Day event, hosted in Chile, which took a national approach to Asteroid Day by creating events throughout their country and how their efforts moved them up to be a Premier Asteroid Day event this year. The other event we wanted to share is an upcoming local events in Måløv, Denmark, that we consider as a possible premier event candidate for next year’s Asteroid Day in 2017.

We highlighted how each event met the characteristics Asteroid Day believes makes a great local event partner to this global effort. Asteroid Day would not be possible without the local event organisers and their extraordinary efforts. There are so many great events going on all over the world on June 30th, and we hope many event organisers will work towards becoming premier event partners to Asteroid Day.

Category Characteristic National Local
Chile (Returning Event) Denmark (New Event)
Scale of Asteroid Day Event 17 national events in collaboration with 15 institutions the country of Chile 2 events collaboration with 3 institution in Måløv, Denmark
Leveraged a Network An astronomical research center, leveraged their connections with other institutions to create a network of events across the country on Asteroid Day in 2015 & 2016. One enthusiastic individual created two

Asteroid Day events, one more relaxing event showing the film 51 Degrees North. And the other more scientific in

practice, in collaboration with NEOShield-2 and his local library for the general public.

Created Audience Engagement as part of the program(s) Chile had many events across their country but an example of engagement includes their “Asteroid Day’s Short Story Contest” Students from all parts of Chile were invited to face an exciting new challenge: to write a story in only 108 words commemorating the 108 year anniversary of the Tunguska event. At the Denmark event hosted in collaboration with the library, there is a reserved time for a little break to enjoy toast and ice cream at Café Iglo. This is the Prize give-away for guests who say they’re attending the Asteroid Day event. There will also be a raffle with some astro-prices.
Utilized the right caliber of speakers for anticipated audience Through their national network of institutions Chile leveraged higher academic educational speakers as well as kid-friendly programs and activities as part of their program, held in multiple regions across the country. Denmark’s organizer made use of our expert panel by inviting one of them to participate via Skype. The organiser himself has also some scientific background, and has also been an active amateur observer of asteroids. He has also done some kid-friendly space-outreach activities.
Documented program details clearly and made information available
( on their website or events.asteroidday.org)
Provided a list of the 15 institutions involved each has an event page and website.  The various organizations had different level of published information but many had a webpage for their unique event.  Created event page for many of the events  at events.asteroidday.org The Denmark organizer provided name, context, and background information on all speakers presenting. He created event pages for each event on Asteroid Day website and mentioned his collaboration with Airbus Defence & Space, NEOShield-2,  DTU Space, Catalina Sky Survey, and Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, etc.
Engaged in regular communications with Asteroid Day team
(Timeliness in communications and publication of activities that demonstrates advance planning)
Contacted events@asteroidday.org  with updates on their events and were very responsive to emails sent out. Introduced themselves to the events communication manager and explained their plan for Asteroid Day. Always provided details about his events, with links to his event page for reference. Asked questions and got in contact with events@asteroidday.org in advance for resources such as the film 51 Degrees North. He also contacted an Asteroid Day Expert Panel member.
Submitted photos before event

(to their events.asteroiday.org listing and emailed events@asteroidday.org )

Submitted posters of their event program and promotional tools.
Submitted photos and videos after event

(to their events.asteroiday.org listing and emailed events@asteroidday.org )

Sent photos and video after their event last year along with press mentions.
Utilized Social Media Very active on Facebook. Posted a status every day about their progress leading up to Asteroid Day. Active on Twitter and Facebook. Created Facebook event for his Asteroid Day event.Tweeted about his events using #AsteroidDay as well as retweeted Asteroid Day tweets. He also made his own YouTube video to better engage the public and to promote his events.
Issued a press release Sent us a copy and link to the press release for their event and of the short story contest. View it, here. Contacted his local newspaper and an

independent radio station of national coverage.


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Open Source Presentation

Cover of Quest of Asteroids

We are proud to announce that you can now access Asteroid Day’s in-depth open source asteroid Powerpoint presentation titled “Quest for Asteroids”. The presentation was a collaborative effort between Asteroid Day’s partners and Asteroid Day Expert Panel members and was developed to support our locally organised Asteroid Day events worldwide and the general public.

This scientifically reviewed and comprehensive presentation has over 200 slides and content that are intended to be mixed and matched for your locally organized event to use. Material varies from the fascinating quest of asteroids, to educational science, to Gravity Tractor information, content on asteroid detection and deflection, and tons more! This education tool can be used for all ages.

Please note this is a very large file that contains dozens of movie files.  So downloading from a stable internet connection is recommended. There is also a PDF version that is a smaller file size but will not contain movie files.

This presentation is licensed by Asteroid Day under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license to our locally organized Asteroid Day events and Asteroid Day supporters worldwide for non commercial use only.

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Public Relations & Promotions Toolkit

Asteroid Day has published and released a PR and Promotions Toolkit! This toolkit provides an outline on how to personally promote your event. The layout allows you, as the event organizer, to customize each PR section by simply inserting your event’s information. The toolkit includes a Press Release template, shares key messages for Asteroid Day and any media interview, sample emails and newsletter you can send out to your community, and so much more!

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Customize Your Event


The Asteroid Day event at Western University has taken the official Asteroid Day logo and customized it to fit their event. This is an AWESOME example of what you, as an event organizer, can do to promote your local Asteroid Day event. Make your own customized logo and share is with us using #AsteroidDay

Event link: http://events.asteroidday.org/event/cronyn-observatory-1151-richmond-street-london-ontario-canada-n6a-3k7-asteroid-day-at-western-university/

Tweet: https://twitter.com/tanyaofmars/status/745722135637819392



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Scientists Rock – An Asteroid Day Series!


Watch the entire series, here. You can also download the videos and the subtitles.

Asteroid Day proudly presents the debut of a seven-part film series subtitled in 15 different languages and an introduction by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium. The video series brings to light the origins of Asteroid Day and the importance of asteroid detection, deflection, asteroid characterization, and having an emergency response plan. Each episode is different and gives insight to why asteroid impact awareness is critical.

  • Episode 1: Launching Asteroid Day introduces us to the people and vision behind Asteroid Day, a growing global awareness movement where people from around the world are coming together to learn about asteroids, the hazards they may pose, and how we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations.
  • Episode 2: Detection. Employing existing and new technologies to detect and track asteroids and demonstrating deflection capabilities to prevent future asteroid impacts could be one of humanity’s greatest achievements in protecting our planet. Episode 2 explores the topic of asteroid detection, where scientists, astronauts, and asteroid experts discuss what’s known about the NEO population and Earth’s impact history, and why asteroid detection is the critical first step. We can’t stop what we can’t see.
  • Episode 3: Deflection. Asteroid Day experts talk about the importance of developing deflection strategies and various methods of response, from the Gravity Tractor to the ESA mission AIM. The unifying theme is that the more we learn about all of these objects, test and evaluate, the more we can be prepared for a possible impact or prevent it from happening. When you want to interact with such a body and try to deflect it, it can be very tricky, so testing is essential.
  • Episode 4: Characterisation. When a survey discovers an asteroid, we try to characterise the object from its orbital elements. When dealing with near-Earth objects beyond the orbital elements, we need to find out how fast it is rotating, what it’s made out of, and what are its surface properties. Did Asteroids bring the minerals and water to create life on Earth and also have the ability to end it?
  • Episode 5: Emergency Response. Asteroid impacts are serious risks and we need to be prepared for an impact large enough to destroy civilization or small enough to devastate a city. Asteroid Day experts provide insight into asteroid emergency response, deflection mission timing, and the importance of having contingency plans pre-designed.
  • Episode 6: Politics. When experts working in the field of planetary defense determine that an asteroid threat is emerging, decisions must be made on how to act and how to communicate this threat to the public. Governments are traditionally challenged to make those decisions quickly. Global awareness and communication of where asteroids are, their properties and where they are headed is vital to designing a comprehensive planetary defense strategy.
  • Episode 7: Amateur Asteroid Hunters share their experiences and how asteroid detection information is becoming more accessible for amateurs to observe, follow up and refine orbits and measurements. Citizen scientists play an essential role in expanding the planetary defense community.

The series celebrates the work of asteroid experts, scientists, astronauts, and policymakers, with interviews with Mark Boslough, Stephen Hawking, Ed Lu, Bill Nye, Patrick Michel, Lynne Jones, Lord Martin Rees, Rusty Schweickart, and Carolyn Shoemaker. It also highlights upcoming missions to search for and study near-Earth asteroids: Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission, a joint project of ESA and NASA; OSIRIS-REx, NEOCam and Hayabusa2.

The video series can be found on YouTube, or you download the videos and access subtitles with instructions on how to use them, here.

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Spread the Word!


TWEET1Join us in our social media campaign. Snap a photo and upload it to Instagram, shoot a video, tweet about your event, share your Asteroid Day location on Facebook, and publicize it on your social media with the hashtag #asteroidday

The Guardian is conducting live coverage on Asteroid Day. They will be picking up photos and videos from events that are using the hashtag #AsteroidDay on social media.  So encourage your team and the public and whomever is attending your events to post online.  The Guardian will be live blogging, in real time.  It would be fantastic if your event could share photos and video content with us using the hashtag #AsteroidDay


#AsteroidDay on Twitter

  • Please tweet this message, or personalize it.  Tweets cannot exceed 140 characters and ideally, should include the link to our website www.asteroidday.org and the hashtag #AsteroidDay OR the Twitter handle @asteroidday.
  • Sample Tweets


In General:

  • Please “retweet” from our Twitter site, @AsteroidDay account
  • Please “retweet” our messages about the 7-part film series
  • Please retweet our messages about scores of local events
  • Please bring your friends and colleagues into the conversation! If you have celebrity or other friends with a large number of Twitter followers, please engage them with one of these tweets and ask them to retweet!
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Resources at Your Fingertips


We are down to the single digit countdown until Asteroid Day and we want to help you in the event planning process by pointing you towards some of the resources you can use for your event. If you have any questions about anything please reach out to events@asteroidday.org.  Our team has curated a set of resources that vary from live streams to kid-friendly quizzes.

If you want to help tell the world about your event we are very excited the The Guardian is conducting live coverage on Asteroid Day. They will be picking up photos and videos from events that are using the hashtag #AsteroidDay on social media.  So encourage your team and the public and whomever is attending your events to post online.  The Guardian will be live streaming on their blog, in real time.  It would be fantastic if your event could share photos and video content with us using the hashtag #AsteroidDay



Videos and Film

  • 7-episode video series – Will be made available Monday June 27th, 2016

The series celebrates the work of asteroid experts, scientists, astronauts, and policymakers, with interviews with Mark Boslough, Stephen Hawking, Ed Lu, Bill Nye, Patrick Michel, Lynne Jones, Lord Martin Rees, Rusty Schweickart, and Carolyn Shoemaker. It also highlights upcoming missions to search for and study near-Earth asteroids: Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission, a joint project of ESA and NASA; OSIRIS-REx, NEOCam and Hayabusa2.  The video series will be available starting June 27th, 2016 on the website. Additionally, the series will be subtitled in 17 different languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.

The film 51 Degrees was the inspiration for Asteroid Day. Grig Richters who made this film is also a co-founder of Asteroid.  He along with Asteroid Day partner Discovery Science are  providing the film to our event organizers. There are two versions of 51 Degrees North. Grig Richters has made available the full length original film (88 minutes) subtitled in Spanish and English. In partnership with Discovery Science, Asteroid Day is able to provide our events a 45-minute version of the film in English, Slovak, Turkish, Russian, Polish, and Hungarian audio. To request the film, email events@asteroidday.org indicating whether you would like the 45-min or 90-min version and if you would like subtitles.

  • ESA Planetarium Show

A full-dome planetarium experience. The video is made only for full-dome showings. If you have a planetarium email events@asteroidday.org for the full-dome production. If you would like to show the 2D video at your event, you can download it here: http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2015/04/Asteroid_Impact_Mission

  • Live Streams

There will be several live streams that you can make part of your event across several time zones.  These live streams will be streamed from the home page asteroidday.org.  These live streams will include streaming by: Universe Awareness, ESA, NASA, California Academy of Sciences (Facebook Live), and Virtual Telescope (YouTube)

Quizzes, Powerpoints, and Interactive Activities


These are only some of many resources and activities. We will be updating you regularly leading up to June 30th.  Please get in touch if you have any questions about these resources or if you need any help from us.  If you have any questions about anything please reach out to events@asteroidday.org

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Asteroid Day is almost here!


Ten days from today, asteroid experts, astronomers, astronauts and the general public will be participating in events across the globe to talk about asteroid discoveries, science and Planetary Defense.

Last year there were more than 150 events around the world from San Francisco and London to Kathmandu and Seoul. This year we anticipate even more events worldwide.

The premier events of the day will be on four continents:

  • In San Francisco, there will be events all day and into the evening in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences. Activities will include showings of Incoming! at the Morrison Planetarium, presentations by asteroid experts, and interactive asteroid exhibits.

  • In Barcelona, representatives from the European Space Agency will be sharing details on a proposed asteroid deflection mission.

  • In South Korea, various talks and activities will be hosted at the Gwacheon National Science Museum.

  • In Vienna, at the Museum of Natural History, there will be planetarium shows and asteroid discussions all day, including a talk about using 3D analyisis and printing on meteorites and an update on NASA’s DAWN mission to study Ceres.

  • In Arona, Spain, at the Starmus Festival, a celebration of astronomy, space exploration, science, music and art, Rusty Schweickart, Former B612 Co-Founder, will give a talk looking back on his fifteen years in the Planetary Defense community.

  • In Chile, projections of the asteroid movie, 51 Degrees North, will be shown across the country, hosted by 15 different institutions.

There are many more events happening around the world. Go to the Asteroid Day Event Map to find one near you! Make sure you use #AsteroidDay when you’re there to share your experience.

Or enjoy the day from the comfort of your home as the Discovery Science channel will be showing programs on asteroid science and Planetary Defense all week long. Check out the listing of their Asteroid Day programming here.

The world will be coming together on Asteroid Day. We hope you join an event near you!

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LIVE STREAMS AROUND THE WORLD! NASA, ESA, California Academy of Science, Universe Awareness, and Virtual Telescope will be hosting Asteroid Day live streams across various time zones. Live Stream Schedule will be available with all major time zones on our homepage: asteroidday.org


Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm UTC

Tune into NASA’s live stream, here: https://www.cvent.com/events/15th-meeting-of-the-nasa-small-bodies-assessment-group-meeting/registration-e1ca4e85c53e4084896245ac61694d29.aspx

Virtual Telescope:

Time: Italian – 19:00 UT, English – 23:00 UT

In honor of Asteroid Day, the Virtual Telescope will offer several great online events, with amazing guests and more. The Virtual Telescope is one of the best facilities tracking these exotic rocks. The technology used is so advanced it is able to track any asteroid, no matter how fast it is moving in the sky. With that being said, the Virtual Telescope is hosting two live streamings, scheduled for June 30th: a live streaming in Italian, starting on 30 June 2016, at 19:00 UT and a live streaming in English. starting on 30 June, at 23:00 UT. The event will guest star Debbie Lewis, Grigorij Richters, Michael Swartz, Thomas D. Jones, and Eric Christensen.

The virtual realm has provided a platform to spread global awareness about asteroids and their impact through a virtual experience, which can be viewed from any where in the world. Gianluca Masi, founder of the Virtual Telescope, provided insight into the virtual events and activities.

Italian streaming:

Commences at 19:00 UT, while the sky is still bright. It will allow enough time for an introduction and host speakers. There will be 60/70 minutes before the live observations start and within that time frame, Gianluca will acquaint the audience about asteroids and introduce the guests. At about 20:15 UT, the live observations will start: conduct by Gianluca himself. This show is expected to last about 130 minutes.

Details on the italian streaming virtual event can be found here: http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/2016/05/20/asteroid-day-italia-osservazione-online-di-asteroidi-potenzialmente-pericolosi-30-giugno-2016/

English streaming:

It will start on June 30th, 2016, 23:00 UT, after the Italian streaming. The sky will already be dark by this hour, therefore observations will commence immediately. Comments, guests and contributions will be hosted while the observations are ongoing. Additionally, a chat will be available for interaction with participants.

English details and streaming information: http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/2016/05/15/asteroid-day-official-global-event-online-30-june-2016/

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