Events are planned all over the world for Asteroid Day 2018 including a live stream from Dr. Brian Cox. 

Today, June 30, marks International Asteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids and it seems that we may be more in danger from asteroids than previously thought. 

A professor from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast believes that an asteroid is on its way to hit Earth closer than we think. 

Prof Alan Fitzsimmons is warning the public that an asteroid strike could cause devastating damage to a large city and if it’s a larger asteroid we have a lot more to be worried about. The professor expects the asteroid to hit sooner than we think.

“Astronomers find near-Earth asteroids every day and most are harmless. But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them,” he told the Irish Examiner.

Prof Alan Fitzsimmons is joined by Brian Cox, a British physicist, author and TV presenter. Cox is in 2018 hosting a live show broadcasting today throughout Asteroid Day.

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All throughout Saturday, June 30, there will be an array of discussions and presentations that will be live-streamed from Luxemburg. If you have any burning questions, have no fear, you can send them in via social media and they will be answering them live.

Prof. Cox will host astronauts, scientists, physicists, government officials from numerous countries, and special guests who serve as Asteroid Day ambassadors and asteroid experts.

Will you be joining the live stream? Let us know in the comments below.

* Originally published in June 2017. 

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