People in Luxembourg will have a chance to meet four astronauts and asteroid experts on 30 June
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Meet astronauts and see rocks from space in Luxembourg when the grand duchy gets behind Asteroid Day at the end of June.
Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign to encourage learning about asteroids, their impact hazard to the Earth in future and improve tracking and detection of near-Earth objects. It is held on 30 June to mark the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia, when an asteroid the size of a modest building devastated an area the size of a major metropolitan city.
For the second year running, Luxembourg will be at the heart of festivities, this time broadcasting six of the 48 hours’ of interviews with global experts hosted by Professor Brian Cox from the RTL studios in Kirchberg starting 29 June. Among the people participating in Luxembourg will be science educator Bill Nye, artists Sarah Brightman and Peter Gabriel and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. The schedule and broadcast can be viewed here.
For a less virtual experience, people in Luxembourg will have a chance to meet four astronauts and asteroid experts on 30 June. The team will be at the Cercle Cité, in Place d’Armes, Luxembourg-Centre from 2pm to 3:30pm to greet the public and answer questions. Click here to find out more.
The same day, the Musée national d’histoire naturelle, at 25 rue Münster, Luxembourg-Grund, will host a special Asteroid Day programme from 10am to 6pm. Science workshops, lectures by meteorite researchers and guides will ease visitors into the topic, and help showcase the museum’s impressive meteorite collection. Click here to find out more.