Celebrate Asteroid Day 2020 with live talks about planetary defense

Defending Earth from asteroids may seem like science fiction, but planetary defense is a serious matter. That’s why scientists around the world mark June 30 — the anniversary of the Tunguska meteor explosion in Siberia in 1908 — as Asteroid Day. 

The Asteroid Foundation is hosting a five-hour series of panels and talks today to examine the state of asteroid research, discoveries and sample-return missions from Japan’s Hayabusa2 and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx missions. You can watch it live here via the Asteroid Foundation, as well as on Twitch. The program began at 7 a.m. EDT (1300 CEST) and will repeat later today.

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