Mar. Fun Holiday – Near Miss Day. March 23 is Near Miss Day, an annual reminder of the day in 1989 when an asteroid nearly collided with the Earth. The 300-meter wide asteroid called 4581 Asclepius flew past the Earth by a distance of about 450,000 miles (684,000 kms) and almost missed striking it by 6 hours.
NATIONAL NEAR MISS DAY. A massive asteroid (4581 Asclepius) nearly hit the earth in 1989. This day is commemorated annually on March 23 as people across the nation celebrate National Near Miss Day. On March 22-23, 1989, a mountain-sized asteroid came within 500,000 miles of colliding with the earth.
Near Miss Day commemorates March 23rd, 1989, when a large asteroid missed the Earth by a mere 500,000 miles – a very near miss indeed! What would you do if an asteroid was about to hit the Earth – how would you spend your last hours, and would you even want to know?