Asteroid Day 2019

Sunday, 30. June 2019, 10:00 Uhr | NHM Event
For the 5th international Asteroid Day, on June 30th 2019, the Natural History Museum Vienna will present a special afternoon program with dedicated talks on the building blocks of life that were potentially delivered by fragments of asteroids.
Asteroids are not only bodies that can cause destruction when impacting the Earth, they may also have played a central role for the origin of life on Earth.
This year, we not only celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the Moon, but on Asteroid Day we will highlight the 50th anniversaries of the observed spectacular meteorite falls of Allende and Murchison – two so-called carbonaceous chondrites containing extraterrestrial organic compounds. These meteorites connect to current sample return missions to the asteroids Bennu (OSIRIS-REx) and Ryugu (Hayabusa II). Invited talks by specialists and a drawing contest for children about what we have learned from these meteorites regarding the building blocks of life on Earth are planned.


10:00 to 12:00 a.m.:
submission of the paintings for the drawing contest "Origin of life" at the lecture hall

1:30 p.m.: Winners announcement and award ceremony for the drawing contest Origin of life

2:00 p.m.: Welcome to the 5th International Asteroid Day at the NHM Vienna (DE) | Dr. Julia Walter-Roszjar, Natural History Museum Vienna
2:10 p.m.: Carbonaceous chondrites – visitors from the outer Solar System (DE) | Dr. Frank Wombacher, Institut für Geologie und Mineralogie, Universität zu Köln
3:00 p.m.: Investigative search for the emergence of life; a forensic study on the dark chemical matter in meteorites (DE)| Prof. Dr. Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Helmholtz Center Munich & Technical University Munich Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC)

 Attendance of the program is free. Valid museum ticket required.
Talks will be given in German.

Free entrance between 10 and 12 a.m. for all participants of the drawing contest including two accompanying grown ups upon showing the original artwork and naming the “Origin of Life drawing contest” at the NHM Vienna main entrance on June 30th 2019.

General information about the international Asteroid Day:

Press Release Asteroid Foundation Luxemburg