On July 4, 2015, we held the first Asteroid Day event in Nigeria for the benefit of the University community in particular, and Nigeria in general.
Asteroid day event is a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities and future generations. Asteroid day is held on the anniversary of the 1908 Siberian Tunguska event, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history.
“Let the message be clear to ALL Nigerian that the threats to human and National securities in all parts of the World, including Nigeria, are not limited to falling aircraft from the air space; we all are also at the Mercy of the impact of the Space Weather, Space-debris, comets and Asteroids. Asteroid threats call for a global response that includes a concrete National contribution from Nigeria.”
With over 20 selected participants from within and outside the University, the event featured various talks on the possible impact of an Asteroid, ways to deflect an Asteroid orbit and how to destroy an Asteroid on collision course with the Earth. A seminar on Earth-Asteroid Upheavals was also delivered by scientific officers representing the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The goal was to enlighten everyone in Nigeria – the young and the old – to the consequences of an Asteroid impact in the country, and that the participants will conclude the event with a determination to be a space beacon of hope for Asteroid impact mitigation.