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Asteroid Day

30th June 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Asteroid Day 2017 event, which has been organised by Debbie Lewis, is being held at Imperial College, London on Friday June 30th from 10:00 to 17:15,  in Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Physics, Prince Consort Road, Kensington, London, SW7 2AZ

About Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day is a UN sanctioned global day of education to raise awareness about asteroids and in particular how we protect Earth from asteroid impacts.


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.


Asteroid Facts


  • Asteroids are rocky objects, left over from the formation of planets in our solar system. Like planets, asteroids orbit the Sun, but most are contained in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter.
  • Asteroids pose a risk to the earth, but although the threat is low in any one year, the consequences can be serious. The earth is hit by a hundred tons of meteorites a day and there are a million or so asteroids we haven’t identified which could post a major threat to Earth’s major metropolitan cities.
  • We have the technological capability to detect and track and deflect dangerous ones away from impacting Earth
  • Who Supports Asteroid Day?
  • Asteroid Day is supported by international organizations, government agencies, local communities and leaders in science, technology, education, business and entertainment.
  • Official sponsors of Asteroid Day 2017 include: United Nations, B612 Secure World Foundation, the European Southern Observatory, International Space University, Government Space Agencies, and corporations, including prime sponsors SES, OHB System AG, the Government of Luxembourg, Cisco and others.
  • Foundation, Association of Space Explorers, Government of Luxembourg,
  • Media sponsor: Discovery Communications London is where Asteroid Day was co-founded. Debbie Lewis, Deputy Chair of the Asteroid Day expert panel and a specialist in risk, crisis and disaster management, is hosting guests including Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut, Clemens Rumpf, Dr. Simon Green, Jerry Stone, Denis Pellerin, Peter Birtwhistle, Jonathan Tate, and Prof. Lewis Dartnell.
  • Speakers:
  • Specifics of the Event:
Dr Helen Sharman OBE, MA, CChem


Scientist and astronaut, who became the first Briton in space in 1991


Debbie Lewis MSc FEPS Asteroid Day Regional Co-ordinator, Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management Advisor


Dr Clemens Rumpf UK delegate to the UN endorsed Space Mission Planning Advisory Group


Simon Green Head of the Planetary and Space Science Research Group at the Open University


Jerry Stone Freelance Space Presenter and a genuine space expert.


Denis Pellerin Photo-historian with a passion for stereo photography


Peter Birtwhistle Great Shefford Observatory


Jonathan R. Tate FRAS Director of the Spaceguard Centre and the

National Near Earth Objects Information Centre.


Professor Lewis Dartnell Astrobiology researcher at the University of Westminster


For more information and to book your place please contact Debbie Lewis either on 07781 140517 or debbie.lewis@asteroidday.org.

Asteroid Day Speakers


30th June 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cancellation charges apply when a suitable substitution is not made at the time of cancellation.

Current Cancellation Charges

Notice of Cancellation Percentage of Event Fee Charged
30 days or more 25%
14 – 29 Days 50%
Less than 14 days 100%

Weekends are included in the above calculation.

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