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Event Spotlight: The Millennium Institute of Astrophysics


The Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS) is one the most important astronomical research centers in Chile. Their mission is to help Chile to become one of the world leaders in astronomy over the next decades, training scientists in this new era of digital data and contributing to the development of Chilean astronomy and its public evaluation. The Millennium Institute of Astrophysics is hosting various Asteroid Day events all over Chile, centered on the film projection of 51 Degrees North. The events confirmed thus far will be hosted in Santiago, Chile, listed below:


51 Degrees North Movie Projection and discussion with a panel of experts.

Planetario Santiago, Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins N°3349, Estación Central

June 30th. 18:30 hrs. Event opens to general public. Free access


51 Degrees North Movie Projection for secondary student

Campus San Joaquín Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul

June 30th 11:00 hrs. Event opens to secondary students.  Free access


Details about additional AD events in other locations of Chile are currently being firmly-established.

MAS is capturing the essence of the Asteroid Day mission statement by spreading global awareness about asteroids not only by hosting an Asteroid Day event, but also by physically spreading awareness throughout the country and making asteroid education accessible through their events.



Primary and Secondary students from all parts of Chile can participate in the first version of this short-stories contest organized by the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics MAS and the UC’s Institute of Astrophysics in partnership with Universidad de Santiago’s Planetarium and Museo Interactivo Mirador. The students will have to tell a story, fiction or nonfiction, about asteroids to celebrate the International Asteroid Day.”

The Millennium Institute of Astrophysics MAS and the UC’s Institute of Astrophysics in partnership with Universidad de Santiago’s Planetarium and Museo Interactivo Mirador, have come together to present the first asteroid short-story contest! The challenge is to write a story in only 108 words. Asteroid Day is held each year on the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia. This year will be the 108-year anniversary of the impact, therefore the 108-word short story cleverly commemorates the 108 anniversary of the asteroid impact that affected Tunguska. For the full press release, visit: http://www.astrofisica.cl/?p=5509&lang=en or formore information and contest’s guidelines go to: http://diaasteroide.wix.com/concurso2016

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ESA kids: Asteroids competition


Asteroid Day partner, the European Space Agency, has recently launched a space gallery competition on ESA Kids.  This month’s emphasis is ASTEROIDS! Entries will be accepted until Asteroid Day, June 30th.

Creating workshops for asteroid art making and setting up a gallery would be a great idea for a future Asteroid Day event. Think you would be interested in hosting such an event? It’s not too late to start planning!

Check out the ESA Kids website for further information on entry rules and shipment information: http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEM2USDGWOI_OurUniverse_0.html

ESA Space Gallery:  http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/art.html


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Asteroid Day Logos Ready for Use


Asteroid Day - Color Combination - OrangeAsteroid Day - Color Combination - Boxed White

Back in March we unveiled the new Asteroid Day logo. Now, you have access to all our logos and color combinations to use for promotional tools, media, or printout. The logo page allows you to download the logo of your choice by merely clicking on the image. Want a transparent logo? We have those too!



Link to logo page: http://asteroidday.org/ad-logo/

Link to the the unveiling article: http://blog.asteroidday.org/1999/03/25/new-asteroid-day-logo-unveiled/


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Event of the Day: ESA presents Asteroid Day in Munich

ESA is teaming up with the organisers of Asteroid Day 2016, so if you find yourself in Munich, Germany on June 30th, this ESA event is worth attending! Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the TU Munich’s Institute of Astronautics have collaborated to present and discuss the threat of asteroids. The joint presentation will feature speakers such as: Alena Probst Felix Hormuth, Co-manager of ESA’s near-Earth object segment Detlef Koschny, Philipp Maier, and Thomas Müller. They will answer questions such as: How much of a threat are asteroids? What is being done about it? There will also be an opportunity to discuss with the speakers over drinks after the event. For more information on this event, visit their event page on the website: http://events.asteroidday.org/event/munich/

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Event of the Day: Maracaibo, Venezuela

Our mission when starting Asteroid Day was to create a global awareness campaign where people from around the world could come together to learn about asteroids, the impact hazard they may pose, and what we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations from future asteroid impacts. On the southern half of our globe, Venezuela is spreading global awareness of the importance of asteroid education. This event will be open to the public at noon. They will have a series of lectures on asteroid and meteorites, as well as a viewing of video series. The event will also include a star party, in which they will use four refracting , four reflecting telescopes and two astro cameras.

Follow the details of this event by visiting their

A short statement from Patrick Morton / Event Organizer

Spanish:Greetings-saludos, amigos/friends, thank you, gracias por aceptar nuestra amistad. Somos el club astronomia los robles, en Maracaibo, Venezuela, fundados hace 20 años, y conformados por estudiantes y maestros de 14 diferentes colegios y 4 universidades-nos gusta aprender y compartir con otros grupos de astronomia, participar en diferentes eventos, proyectos y concursos internacionales tales como los que organizan NASA, ESA, Planetary Society, Astronmical Society of the Pacific, Sally Ride Institute, NASA Radiojove, JPL-Scientist For a Day, Rocks Around the World (ASU), Astronomers Without Borders, Dark Sky Association, etc. Tenemos una mascota lechuza llamada  kruger killerman, les invitamos a visitar “Club de Astronomia Los Robles” en Facebook y nuestro website “Los Robles Astronomy Club”.

English:Greetings dear friends! Thank you for accepting our friendship and your kind information. We are Los Robles Astronomy Club, located in Maracaibo, Venezuela, founded 20 years ago. We are an assembly of students and teachers from 14 schools and 4 local universities. We like to learn, share and participate with other international groups and amateur astronomers on projects, events and contests for students of all ages organized by NASA, ESA, Solar Activity, Planetary Society, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, NASA Radiojove, Sally Ride Institute, Rocks Around The World(ASU), JPL Scientist for a Day, Astronomers Without Borders, Dark Sky Association, and so on. Los Robes Astronomy Club is about sharing and enjoying the wonders of the universe. By the way we have a pet owl called, Kruger Killerman.

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Asteroid Day 2016 – Event of the Day: Nebraska


We have some incredible events coming up this year for Asteroid Day. For example, on June 30th, Nebraska Law Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Professor Frans von der Dunk, one of the original signatories to the Asteroid Day Declaration, and program Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton, will speak at the Mueller Planetarium about the efforts to protect the earth from asteroids. The event will feature a video stream of Professor  von der Dunk’s discussion of the declaration. Executive Director Magilton will discuss what countries are doing to protect the planet and provide an opportunity for questions. Following the presentations, Mueller Planetarium will present the fulldome shows “Firefall” and “B612 Sentinel Program.” You can stay updated on this event by visiting their events page, here: http://events.asteroidday.org/event/university-of-nebraska-lincoln-645-n-14th-st-lincoln-ne-68588-mueller-planetarium-asteroid-day/

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Asteroid Day Events Blog – By Jennifer Arriaga


Blog Post #2 – May 11, 2016 “Countdown Until Asteroid Day: 48 Days”

48 days until Asteroid Day! In honor of the beginning of asteroid season and less than 50 days until the big day, we’d like to share our first of many helpful tips to get you ready for June 30th. Today’s tip: You can customise your event page by including videos that captures the essence of your event. In our video section on our events page, you can view video messages by your favorite scientists and astronauts, as well as talks and presentations and past press conferences. Take advantage of these amazing resources. http://asteroidday.org/event-guide-video/


Blog Post #1 – May 5, 2016

Asteroid Season is upon us and there is only 8 more weeks until Asteroid Day! To kickstart Asteroid Season we decided to create a weekly blog for event organisers and those of you who are considering organising some type of activity. I will keep you up-to-date with event details, tips and tools, and more. You can also subscribe to our mailing list to receive frequent updates. Furthermore, we recently launched our new and improved events page, where you can gain access to event planning tips, a 3-step registration guide, and other resources to help plan your event. Registered events will have special access to some tools and videos that will be shared in the coming weeks, so get your event listed!

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