Asteroid Day

Scott Taylor
17 June 2015

Above: Image © guvendemir, iStock

To celebrate Asteroid Day (June 30, the anniversary of the Tunguska event in 1908, when a large asteroid or comet exploded above Siberia, flattening over 2 000 km2 of forest) , a global initiative intended to raise awareness of the threat that asteroids and other space objects can pose to life on Earth, we’re highlighting some resources on CurioCity that can help you learn more about asteroids:

1) Brian May Talks Asteroid Day (video)

Astrophysicist Brian May (who also happens to be lead guitarist for the rock band Queen) talks about Asteroid Day (June 30), an event designed to raise awareness of the threat to Earth from asteroids.

2) Killer Asteroids Case Study

In this case study, students will analyze video and print resources to explore the characteristics and potential effects of near-space objects in our solar system on the Earth.

3) Protecting Earth From Asteroids (video)

What are the chances of an asteroid hitting Earth & wiping out all life on the planet? It turns out to be better than zero, so NASA is thinking about ways to protect us from a killer asteroid with the help of an underwater research station.

4) Youtube and Meteor Research (video)

Learn how scientists are using YouTube videos of the huge meteor strike near Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15, 2013 to calculate the force of the meteor's explosion. - See more at: /Content.aspx?ContentID=2660#sthash.ftUYJ6bT.dpuf

5) Objects of the Solar System

You’d never guess there was a liquid ocean out there. Or weather. Or a Death Star.

6)Record-Setting Asteroid Flyby (video)

On February 15, 2013, the asteroid 2012 DA14 passed by earth at a distance closer than some satellites at orbit. This video talks about the asteroid flyby and what scientists hope to learn about asteroids as it passes by.

7) Research Associate in Planetary Science

Rob specializes in developing high-performance computers and software to search for near-Earth asteroids!

8) Killer Asteroids: We're WISE to You Now! (video)

The first step in protecting Earth from killer asteroids is to find potentially lethal asteroids. NASA's WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) mission has been cataloguing asteroids that could pose a threat to life on Earth.

9) Dealing with Asteroids and Other Space Hazards (video)

This video from the European Space Agency looks at the dangers posed by asteroids, space debris, and cosmic radiation to life on Earth, as well as what we can do to monitor and protect from these threats.

10) Recreating Asteroid Strike That Killed Dinosaurs (video)

The dinosaurs died off after a massive asteroid strike with a billion times more energy than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. A team at NASA studies the impact to learn more.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is Acting Program Manager for CurioCity at Let’s Talk Science. He grew up watching bug-eyed monsters in sci-fi B-movies and dreaming of our future in space, and remembers being a young child watching the first astronauts walk on the Moon. Passionate about the importance of science education and understanding how science and technology impacts our society, he is still a sci-fi geek.    

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