Brian May: Asteroid Day can help protect the planet


Astrophysicist Dr Brian May has spoken to the Guardian about Asteroid Day, and saving the planet from the threat of incoming space rocks

Stuart Clark interviews Brian May about Asteroid Day.

30 June 2015 by Stuart Clark

Before Queen, Brian May was an astrophysicist. He has held a life-long fascination with space and is now devoting more time promoting the study of the cosmos to others. He is a key figure behind Asteroid Day, a series of almost 100 events around the world.

“The aim is to ramp up public awareness and the awareness of governments to the fact that we are under threat from a meteor strike,” May told me during a visit, “It’s been made light of, and we’ve seen some great films, like Bruce Willis saving the day, but it is a very serious threat.”

A key aim of Asteroid Day is to lobby for a 100-fold increase in the detection rate of Near Earth Objects.

“This is a catastrophe that could be averted,” he said.

Brian May with The Guardian

Watch the interview above, and see the Asteroid Day trailer, featuring Queen’s We Will Rock You below.

The full Asteroid Day trailer:

We Will Rock You – Asteroid Day

Stuart Clark is the author of The Unknown Universe (Head of Zeus). Find him on Twitter.