Asteroid Day June 30th

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Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn the dangers asteroids pose and what we can do to protect our families, communities, and future generations. The United Nations declared June 30 as Asteroid Day. The date of Asteroid Day commemorates the anniversary of the Tunguska asteroid impact over Siberia, Russian Federation, on 30 June 1908.

“We need to know what would happen if one of these asteroids hits the earth. We need, also, to try and avoid that from happening.”

Brian May

“It is the overriding responsibility of the human race to maximise our chances of survival in a dangerous universe. Asteroid impacts are one of the few natural threats that could destroy cities, countries, or even the whole of civilisation in a single movement, and we must therefore take the threat seriously”

Brian Cox

“A major asteroid collision, unlikely in any given year, represents a substantial risk for humanity because the consequences can be so major. The technology to map out dangerous asteroid orbits exists, and should be more fully exploited. This is a risk humanity should do its best to eliminate”

Brian P. Schmidt

Come and learn about Asteroids with Movies, Activities and viewing at the telescopes….

Daytime Program

2.30pm -3.00pm Learn about HO3, a quasi moon orbiting Earth and how busy our Solar system is with so many asteroids.

3.00-3.30 – 3rd Rock Cafe is open and video of Scientists Rock a 7-part video series created by Asteroid Day introducing you to the people working to protect us from asteroids. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featuring Brian May, Chris Hadfield, and many others.20mins.

3.30pm – 5.00pm Baker Hall – Feature Film  51 Degrees North 88mins. 51 Degrees North was the movie that inspired Asteroid Day. Damon Miller is a filmmaker grappling with the pressures of an impoverished profession and a dissolving relationship. One routine assignment will change his life as he is involved in the disturbing research into Near-Earth Objects. Directed by co-founder Grigorij Richters and the music was composed by Dr. Brian May.

3.45pm – 4.30pm 3rd Rock Cafe Man vs Asteroid – A documentary produced by Discovery Science featuring Brian May, Stephen Hawking, and many others.44mins.

51 Degrees North was the movie that inspired Asteroid Day. It was directed by co-founder Grigorij Richters and the music was composed by Dr. Brian May.

 

Evening Program

 5.00pm 3rd Rock Cafe open for refreshments

5.15pm -5.30pm Learn about HO3, a quasi moon orbiting Earth and how busy our Solar system is with so many asteroids.

5.30pm onwards Viewing at the Telescopes if clear.

5.30pm 3rd Rock Cafe video of Scientists Rock a 7-part video series created by Asteroid Day introducing you to the people working to protect us from asteroids. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featuring Brian May, Chris Hadfield, and many others.20mins.

6.30pm – 8.00pm Movie 51 degrees North 88mins. 51 Degrees North was the movie that inspired Asteroid Day. Damon Miller is a filmmaker grappling with the pressures of an impoverished profession and a dissolving relationship. One routine assignment will change his life as he is involved in the disturbing research into Near-Earth Objects. Directed by co-founder Grigorij Richters and the music was composed by Dr. Brian May.

9.00pm 3rd Rock Cafe – LIVE link to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and ESA teaming up to produce a packed webcast, streamed live from the new ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre in Munich, from 9.00pm AEST. Up to 3 hrs.

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