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International Asteroid Day 2024

International Asteroid Day 2024:

International Asteroid Day is observed on 30th June to commemorate the Tunguska event in 1908 and aims to raise awareness about the threat of asteroid impacts.

  • The Tunguska event was caused by an asteroid explosion in Siberia, flattened 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles.
  • International Asteroid Day was designated by the United Nations in 2016 to promote global efforts in planetary defence.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) stated that a collision of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) with Earth is the only natural disaster humanity could completely prevent.