National Near Miss Day - 2021-03-23
What is National Near Miss Day?
In the late 1980s, a massive asteroid was spotted flying toward us. This rare "near miss" was commemorated on March 23rd, the day it just barely missed our planet. A new holiday called National Near Miss Day pays tribute to this near-catastrophe, which occurred in 1989. On March 22-23, 1989, an asteroid larger than Mt. Everest came within 500,000 miles of colliding with the earth. According to Dr. Holt, the collision would release energy comparable to the explosion of a 600 megaton atomic bomb. Geophysicists estimate that the impact would be devastating for life on earth. In 1989, scientists discovered a giant asteroid that was going to hit Earth. It missed by a mere nine days. But there have been other asteroids that have come close to us on a rare occasion.
When is National Near Miss Day?
23 March is annually celebrated as National Near Miss Day.
History of National Near Miss Day
National Near Miss Day to commemorate the asteroid (4581 Asclepius) nearly hitting the Earth in 1989.
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