Extraterrestrial rock stars!

Should we be afraid of asteroids? As part of the first ever ASTEROID DAY the NHM Vienna hosted  a series of events on Tuesday 30 June aimed at raising awareness among the public about the important role asteroids play in helping us to understand the history of our universe. On 30 June 1908 a small asteroid exploded in the sky above Tunguska in Siberia, releasing the same amount of energy as several hundred Hiroshima nuclear bombs and devastating 2000km² of uninhabited woodland.  “The more we find out about asteroids, the more it seems that mankind’s existence in our universe will be for a limited time only if we do not undertake anything to combat this risk,” says Austrian astronaut Franz Viehböck. This fact makes it “all the more important to raise awareness in society about the importance of asteroids.”