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International Asteroid Day

Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, Saturday, June 29


When asteroids collide with planets, the results are catastrophic—it's speculated that an asteroid just a few kilometers across could release the energy of millions of nuclear weapons should it strike the Earth—but some scientists and industrialists see them as sources of water and valuable metals. On Saturday, June 29, these celestial icons of existential terror and boundless wealth will get their due on International Asteroid Day, held at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. Thrown close to the anniversary of the Tunguska Event, International Asteroid Day celebrates asteroids and warns of the peril they pose, and the museum will give visitors a chance to handle pieces of asteroids, meteorite specimens from as far away as Mars and play games to win prizes.