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    Asteroid Day: an official global event, online – 30 June 2015

    Live event for "Asteroid Day": poster

    Live event for “Asteroid Day”: poster

    Next 30 June 2015, anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska event, will be internationally celebrated as the “Asteroid Day“: it is “a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations“.

    The Virtual Telescope Project is the leading facility in the world sharing live, online the most spectacular near-Earth asteroids and their close encounters with our home planet. We showed these objects to millions of individuals from more than 200 Countries. We will offer this live, online event on the occasion on the  Asteroid Day celebration. A chat will make possible to people to submit questions in real time.

    The live event will be conduced by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, owner and scientific director of the Virtual Telescope Project, with a long scientific experience on both astrometric and physical observations of asteroids., recipient in 2005 of the “Shoemaker NEO Grant” of the Planetary Society. It will have a very special guest: Michael Schwartz, CEO and Director of the Tenagra Observatories, Ltd., pioneer and leader in advanced, highly automated astronomy, recently awarded by Nasa with a grant for deep follow-up of newly discovered NEOs, follow-up of fast NEOs that may become lost and recovery of difficult to locate 1rst opposition NEO returns.

    During the live event we will review near-Earth asteroids, discovering what scientists are doing to discovery and understand them, then we will observe some of them in real time, thanks to the highly advanced technologies of the Virtual Telescope.

    Being this an online event, you can join from every part of the globe, just need an internet connection. This is particularly useful to those living far from any physical venue hosting something for Asteroid Day or to those unable to physically move. Virtual Telescope really makes Asteroid Day an event for everyone.

    the poster above uses an asteroid graphic by ESA – P.Carril

    The live event is scheduled for 30 June 2015, starting at 23:00 UT.

    *** To join it, just click – at given date and time – here! ***


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