30 Jun '15, 8pm

Today is the first official Asteroid Day (co-founded by Dr. Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist!)

Today is the first official Asteroid Day (co-founded by Dr. Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist!)

A large asteroid hitting the Earth might be a low-probability event, at least in the near future (over longer periods of time, it's pretty much a certainty), but the damage done could be so high that we have to take it seriously. To help bring awareness to the issue, filmmaker Grigorij Richters and Dr. Brian May, guitarist for legendary arena rock band Queen and and astrophysicist, have co-founded Asteroid Day . Why is it important? Well, all the efforts that we make to protect the environment, create social justice, and leave a better world for our kids will be for naught if a big enough rock hits us. This almost happened in 1883 when fragments from a billion-ton comet missed Earth by a hair . Impact might be very unlikely, but people buy insurance against all kinds of unlikely things; we can protect ourselves simply by better tracking space rocks and by developing the ca...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/today-first-of...

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