Asteroid DayAsteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids, will celebrate its fifth anniversary on 30 June. What began as two live stream broadcasts in 2014, now includes thousands of independent events organized by citizens around the world on all five continents. Asteroid Day global programs, including Asteroid Day LIVE, are programs of the Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg-based nonprofit organization.
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 provide knowledge to the general public about the importance of asteroids in the formation of our universe and the role they play in our solar system today. Events are scheduled during the week of 30 June, the date of the largest asteroid impact of Earth in recorded history (Tunguska).
Asteroid Day at NHM Vienna, June 30th, 2019For 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. We are looking forward for your visit on Asteroid Day 2019 at the Natural History Museum Vienna!
Program: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)
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.
Attendance of the program is free. Talks will be given in German.
General information about the international Asteroid Day: https://asteroidday.org/