To celebrate the sixth edition of Asteroid Day, an official United Nations-recognised global awareness and education day held on 30 June, various events will be taking place in Luxembourg and around the globe leading up to this date.
Asteroid Day was co-founded by astrophysicist and famed musician Dr. Brian May of the rock group QUEEN, Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart, filmmaker Grig Richters and B612 President Danica Remy to promote awareness and inform the general public about the importance of asteroids in our solar system history, as well as the role they play in our solar system today. This global effort is modelled after Earth Day. Events are scheduled leading up to 30 June, the date of the largest asteroid impact of Earth in recorded history (Tunguska).
Asteroid Day has evolved to include the participation of major national space agencies, namely the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Roscosmos, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as prominent scientists, astronomers, educators and media worldwide. In 2016, the United Nations declared Asteroid Day an official day of education, initiated in part by a need to better understand the role of asteroids, following the 15 February 2013 meteor impact in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
- 1 June: Asteroid Day TV starts broadcasting worldwide online and via SES Satellites
- 25 June: Technical Briefing with Asteroid Experts (by invitation)
- 26 June: Asteroid Day LIVE Global Broadcast-Webcast, produced at RTL Studios
- 26 June: Gala Dinner in Cercle Cité in Luxembourg-ville
- 27 June: Astronaut and Asteroid Expert meet and greet (public)
- 30 June: Events organised worldwide (mostly public). In Luxembourg, multiple independently organised events are in the planning stages at museums and schools