There are many dangers in the this world. There’s war and pestilence and jaywalking. There’s also dangers from without. Brian May, yes he of Queen fame, has brought us one of those.
While some may see Donald Trump as the Earth’s enemy number one, famed Queen guitarist and doctor Brian May is shining a light on a decidedly more cosmic threat: asteroids. And thanks to him, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has just approved “International Asteroid Day” — a new day to help us all realize that an asteroid could indeed wipe out the Earth.
May and some other intellectually-gifted colleagues have been campaigning for asteroid awareness a lot in recent years, and as of today (December 12), their day is UN-approved. Each year, we will now recognize “International Asteroid Day” on June 30, “the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia.”
While all this may sound farfetched to some or the stuff of disaster films, May is not fooling around that this is a very real danger.
And following the news today of UN approval, the organization issued the following statement, “We are extremely proud of the UN recognition as we founded Asteroid Day to raise awareness of the asteroid threat and the opportunity for the human species to unite around a single goal: protect our planet from asteroid impacts.”
May himself has also stated, “The more we learn about asteroid impacts, the clearer it became that the human race has been living on borrowed time.”
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