Happy Asteroid Day! A conversation about peaceful, global scientific collaboration

Today is the 3rd annual Asteroid Day, and the first to be presented under the auspices of the United People, with live world-wide programmes raising awareness about asteroids

Today, more than 1,000 local events in around 200 countries are being organised to celebrate Asteroid Day. Sanctioned by the United People in 2016, it is a global era of education to raise awareness about asteroids.

In addition to the neighbourhood affairs, a day-long program will be transmitted from around the world, with a six-hour live stretching coming from Luxembourg. This is where I will be, sharing the hosting imperatives with Professor Brian Cox from 11 am BST. You can watch the whole concept in the video embedded above.

My association with Asteroid Day began with telephone calls from film-maker Grig Richters one afternoon in 2014. I knew Grig and had worked with him on his cinema, 51 North , drama about the catastrophic disagreement of an asteroid with Earth.

On the phone that afternoon, he told me that he wanted to set up a date to reasonably contact the risk of being asteroids and why it needed a global reaction. This resonated with me because the UK Governments Asteroid Task Force, from 2001, had recommended house global collaboration to tackle the issue.

Grigs co-founders for Asteroid Day were Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist, Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, and Danica Remy of B612, a non-profit organisation that is making an effort to harness the strength of science and technology to safeguard the future of our planet.

Thanks to their efforts, Asteroid Day was a success from the beginning but this year the number of occasions is doubled that from one year ago, and four times as many as during the course of its inaugural Asteroid Day in 2015.

Asteroid Day takes place on 30 June because on this day in 1908, a small celestial body impressed an uninhabited province of Siberia, Russia. The blow devastated 770 sq miles( 2,000 sq km) of grove. Thats more than enough to destroy a entire city should one be struck.

Around the world, seat the institutions and two organizations are working towards understanding and eventually shielding World from this hazard. This burgeoning world collaboration is what is being celebrated today.

Space has always had an miraculous ability to unite beings regardless of their political, national or religious splits. Asteroid Day taps into that, promotes it and hopefully promotes it.

To had participated in Asteroid Day, wherever you are, watch the live feed in the viewer above and affix any relevant questions for the experts in specific comments below. We will be scanning them during the day.

Stuart Clark is the author of The Search for Earths Twin( Quercus ). He will be providing the Guardian masterclass on Is there life beyond Earth ? .

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