On the 30th of June 1908, a catastrophic event took place near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Siberia. A powerful explosion with an upper limit of about 30 megatonnes of TNT, an equivalent of 2000 Hiroshima bombs detonating simultaneously, at an altitude of about 5-10 kilometres. The result? Thousands of fallen trees within an 830-metre radius all pointing away from the centre of the blast, leaving the land looking like a nuclear wasteland. Had the event taken place in a densely populated area, it would be people rather than trees. The catastrophe had come to be known as the Tunguska Event.
We now know that what caused this exceptionally powerful blast was an asteroid. We also know that Earth went through similar space rock catastrophes in its past multiple times. Now… unless you wanna end up like the dinosaurs, it is essential that we raise awareness of the issue. This is where Asteroid Day comes in. Asteroid Day is a global movement who’s goal is to raise awareness of asteroids by educating people about them and how we can defend ourselves from an asteroid impact. But more importantly, what all of us can do to help. As Bill Nye once said, and I’m paraphrasing a lot here, “asteroids are the only natural catastrophe which we know how to prevent”. And so what I would say to this is: We are the only species on Earth capable of stopping such catastrophe. It would not only be irresponsible, but also incredibly stupid not to at least try.
Asteroid Day takes place on the 30th of June every year, with events all around the world supported by Asteroid Day. With only a week left until Asteroid Day 2015, it would be a good idea to learn more about Asteroid Day right here: www.asteroidday.org. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do much relating to Asteroid Day on the 30th. But I’ll do the most I can to raise awareness myself through twitter, and to see me do so, you can follow me at @ThomasMoszczuk.