Asteroid Day TV, a free 24/7 web and Twitch TV channel, launches today, June 1… and shuts down Sunday, July 4.
Asteroid Day TV comes from the The Asteroid Foundation, a nonprofit that gets its video content from Discovery Science, TED, IMAX, the BBC, CNN, The Planetary Society, the European Space Agency and others. Themes covered – through interviews, documentaries, cartoons and more — include asteroid discovery, planetary defense, space resources, and asteroid exploration missions. For a complete schedule and more info on how to watch, visit AsteroidDay.org/watch.
Sample shows include:
A short, narrated by Star Trek’s George Takei, which follows the journey of the Chelyabinsk meteor as it entered into Earth’s atmosphere in 2013.
Twelve episodes hosted by Geoff Notkin. Here’s episode one.
A seven-part series about the origins of Asteroid Day and the importance of asteroid detection, deflection, asteroid characterization, and having an emergency response plan. Here’s episode one.
Asteroid Day itself, which is an official United Nations day of global awareness about the opportunities and challenges of asteroids, falls on Wednesday, June 30. Asteroid Day TV will mark that occasion with Asteroid Day Live, starting at noon ET, which will explore 25 years of dedicated asteroid missions since the 1996 NEAR-Shoemaker launch.
Twitch this month will also host special Asteroid Day-themed live streams on the separate channels of such science enthusiasts and educators as EJ_SA, DeejayKnight, John “Das” Galloway, Dr Pamela Gay and CosmoQuest, Scott Manley and Skylias.
Asteroid Day was co-founded by astrophysicist and Queen musician Dr Brian May, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, filmmaker Grig Richters; and B612 Foundation President Danica Remy. First observed in 2015, the day aims to educate the public about the importance of asteroids in history, the role they play in the solar system and how they could affect the future.
(Top image courtesy Asteroid Day)
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