Our planet is under a constant threat of an asteroid impact. The consequences of such impact could cause the end of the world.
This summer, on June 30, the second annual Asteroid Day will come exactly 108 years after a large meteorite exploded over the skies of the Russian countryside.
Scientists fear not enough is being done to protect us from asteroids and have highlighted the Chelyabinsk incident – also in Russia – in 2013 as reason to raise awareness.
A meteorite just 65ft wide disintegrated in the skies, but the blast caused damage to local buildings and nature in the Russian city.
Mark Boslough, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories and one of the founders of Asteroid Day, said: “An event like Chelyabinsk happens about once every 50 years, and we don’t have a system designed to discover and track these things.
Former astronaut and chair of the Association of Space Explorers’ Committee on Near-Earth Objects, Tom Jones, continued: “Bringing space technology to bear to deflect asteroids will require widespread public support.
“Asteroid Day is to educate the public so we can work together to avoid an impact.”