ann18021 — Announcement

Asteroid Day at the ESO Supernova

15 June 2018

Join us at the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre for a special event on Saturday 30 June to mark Asteroid Day 2018. Over one million asteroids have the potential to impact the Earth, and so far we have detected just 1% of them. To raise awareness of the asteroid impact hazard, a global campaign, called Asteroid Day, was endorsed by the United Nations in 2016.

ESO Supernova is joining forces with the European Space Agency and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics to host its own Asteroid Day event. Come along for a full day of family-friendly activities, including interactive demonstrations, hands-on experiments and engaging science talks.

During the day you will find out all about how ESO’s telescopes search for asteroids, about discoveries they have made so far and also about ESO’s role in the International Asteroid Warning Network. You will also discover how scientists from the European Space Agency and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics explore and understand asteroids.

ESO will be teaming up with ESA to co-produce a live webcast streamed live from the ESO Supernova. The programme will highlight some of the most recent activities in the global hunt for risky asteroids, as well as conversations with ESA planetary scientists, asteroid experts and a variety of guest presenters. The programme will be streamed live from 13:00 CEST on the ESO frontpage.

You can find about more about the ESO Supernova’s Asteroid Day 2018 event here. The ESO Supernova offers a huge range of activities including planetarium shows, guided tours and special events like Asteroid Day 2018. All our activities are free of charge and open to the general public — you just need to book a place in advance! To see the full range of activities on offer and to book a place at any of our engaging events, please explore our programme.

More Information

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cooperation between the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The building is a donation from the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), a German foundation, and ESO runs the facility.

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Contacts

Tania Johnston
ESO Supernova Coordinator
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 061 30
Email: tjohnsto@eso.org

Oana Sandu
Community Coordinator & Communication Strategy Officer
ePOD
Tel: +49 89 320 069 65
Email: osandu@partner.eso.org

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"Asteroid Day" poster (English version)
"Asteroid Day" poster (English version)
"Asteroid Day" poster (German version)
"Asteroid Day" poster (German version)