24-hour broadcast about space on Asteroid Day

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ESA, JAXA and NASA join Prof. Brian Cox, astronauts, esteemed scientists and technologists on June 30, to create a global conversation about asteroids.

On 30 June, asteroids will make history as the focus of a conversation shared around the world on the first ever global 24-hour broadcast about space and the role of asteroids in our solar system.

Asteroid Day LIVE, produced by Asteroid Day and sponsored by OHB, BCE and the Government of Luxembourg, will be distributed around the world via a dedicated SES satellite network. The 24-hours of programming will be hosted by Professor Brian Cox, prominent British physicist, author and BBC commentator, who will be joined in studio and around the world by famed astronauts, and expert scientists, technologists and researchers in planetary science.

“I am very pleased to be hosting Asteroid Day LIVE this June 30,” stated Prof. Cox. “This is a first-of-its-kind broadcast, celebrating and showcasing new discoveries in science that can help us understand our place in the solar system and nature – and in particular, the behaviour of asteroids. I’m very enthusiastic about it because asteroids provide a great opportunity for our civilisation, but also can pose great threats; we ignore them at our peril.”

Asteroid Day was sanctioned by the United Nations in 2016, as a “global day of education to raise awareness about asteroids.” This year, Asteroid Day includes the support and participation of the European, Japanese and American space agencies, as well as numerous business and media partners, including Discovery Channel, which is producing their own special on asteroids to be released June 30.  These two special broadcasts complement more than 700 events occurring in 190 countries on and around June 30.

Asteroid Day LIVE will be the first ever 24-hour live broadcast from the new Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) studio at RTL City, Luxembourg. The program will air on various local channels subscribing to the SES satellite network, and via the Asteroid Day website. View our full schedule here and this article for instructions to watch the broadcast.

About Asteroid Day
Asteroid Day was co-founded in 2014, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen; Danica Remy, B612 Chief Operations Officer; Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart; and German filmmaker Grig Richters. Asteroid Day is held on 30 June each year to mark Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event, which devastated over 2,000 km2 of forest, an area the size of any major metropolitan city today. In 2016, Asteroid Day was declared by the United Nations to be a global day of education to raise awareness about asteroids. Founding partners include: The Association of Space Explorers, B612 and Discovery Channel and global sponsors include OHB, SES, BCE and the Luxembourg Government.

More info
Twitter: @asteroidday #AsteroidDay, #AsteroidDayLive;
Facebook: #AsteroidDay, #AsteroidDayLive

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