World Asteroid Day
This 30 June 2020 from 10:00 pm, discover the asteroids of our solar system with astronomers and members of the TRAPPIST team of ULiège. To take part in the event, you have to register by mail. The event is free of charge and will take place virtually via a vision-conference platform. A unique opportunity to ask an astronomer about asteroids!
n 6 December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 June as International Asteroid Day to commemorate each year the anniversary of the explosion of Tunguska (Siberia, Russian Federation) on 30 June 1908 and to raise awareness of the risks of asteroid impact.
From this initiative was born "Asteroid Day", co-founded by astrophysicist and famous musician Brian May of the QUEEN group, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and others to promote awareness and provide knowledge to the general public about the importance of asteroids in the history of our solar system, the role they played in forming the planets, and also the threat they represent for the Earth.
This June 30th, the astronomers of ULiège and of the Oukaimeden Observatory join the movement and propose you to observe, live, thanks to the TRAPPIST-North telescope (dedicated in part to the study of asteroids and comets,) located in Morocco, an asteroid close to Earth. The observation will be commented by Emmanuel Jehin, FNRS research master at the STAR Institute (Faculty of Sciences) of the ULiège. A unique opportunity to ask an astronomer about asteroids ! The event will start at 10:00 pm, the time of the sunset in the Moroccan Atlas and at the start of the operation of the robotic telescope.
Once registered, you will receive by email the day before the event, all the information you need to log in.