Asteroid Day 2017: “The Realm of Near-Earth Asteroids: online observing session” – 30 June 2017
Next 30 June 2017, anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska event, we will celebrate the 3rd edition of “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.
To celebrate Asteroid Day 2017 at its best, the Virtual Telescope, in partnership with the international board, will officially run this amazing online event: “The Realm of Near-Earth Asteroids: online observing session”. 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.
During the live event we will review near-Earth asteroids, discovering what scientists are doing to discovery and understand them, what can be done to mitigate a potential risk and 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
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