Saturday, April 1, 2017

Another asteroidal near-miss

While some of us were sleeping on the night of March 30 (globally, some of us are always sleeping), an eight-meter asteroid snuck by Earth, within the orbit of the moon.

Eight meters isn't civilization-threatening, but it would still cause a boom when it exploded in the atmosphere, if it was an incoming object.

I don't know if this keeps you up at night;  it doesn't keep me up at night, but still, I occasionally think about what would happen if we got hit with a somewhat bigger one.

Asteroid the size of a BUS came closer to the Earth than the moon last night

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