Near Miss Day

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When Celebrated

Always on March 23rd


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About the Holiday

Near Miss Day commemorates the day that an asteroid missed hitting the earth on March 23rd, 1989. It missed the earth by 500,000 miles, which is about twice the distance from us to the Moon. Had it hit it would have left a crater the size of the District of Columbia, devastated everything within 100 miles of it, and the strength would have been like being hit with 40,000 hydrogen bombs. It's said that every major extinction in the history of the earth coincided with an asteroid collision. Asteroids move around the sun and the vast majority are located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Gift Guidelines

  • Book about space
  • Space poster
  • Asteroid game

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