(Newser)–NASA thinks it’s got a pretty solid estimate on the number of gigantic asteroids that could plausibly cause regional or global catastrophe by smashing into Earth: 4,700, give or take 1,500. Included in that number are all the rocks that exist, or which they suspect exist, that are larger than 330 feet across, and have orbits that pass within 5 million miles of Earth, Space.comreports. Only about 30% of these asteroids have actually been found. NASA is basing its data on its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which is an infrared space telescope. Though the total number is similar to past estimates, the survey found that twice as many asteroids as previously thought are in “low-inclination orbits,” meaning their paths are similar to Earth’s. “Our team was surprised,” one NASA researcher said, but on the bright side, they “provide the best opportunities for the next generation of human and robotic exploration.”
Hey NASA, you think there are 4700 asteroids that could obliterate Earth? And you’ve only found 30% of them!?!?!? How about you get off your asses and find the rest of them and go blow them up or something. I seriously can’t handle an asteroid right now. I mean this is just my luck. Things are finally starting to break my way; the blog is getting more popular and more importantly I just figured out how to hide my double chin. I haven’t even really lived yet. This is so unfair. I also can’t help but feel a little betrayed by space and science. I put out all kinds of hot fire universe blogs. Just getting people excited and loving science and shit. Making you nerds seem cool to us regular folk, only to get stabbed in the back with a giant asteroid. So NASA, either get this asteroid shit under control or you and I are through. I don’t care if you make an Aurora borealis time-lapse video narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson with Justin Bieber playing in the background…I won’t post it. Won’t even look at it. You’ve been warned nerds.
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Riiiiighhht. So basically what I am gathering from this is that the Milky Way is the smelly guy in the Universe. All the other galaxies can’t get away from us fast enough. Just running away as fast as possible. So…if we are going to discover planets that are cool as shit like in Avatar we need to do it now because they are only getting further away. So…lets effing go NASA. Get off of your lazy asses. You haven’t landed anywhere cool since like 1969. I need a planet with floating islands in the sky, forests that light up, and flying dragon/dinosaur horse things and I needed them yesterday.
PS: So…if space is expanding away from us in every direction…are we the center of the Universe? Probably. Figured that one out. That’s ground breaking shit. You can send me my Nobel Prize in the mail.
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(Newser)–You can sleep easy tonight. Or easy-ish. NASA today announced that it has identified more than 90% of the giant asteroids out there that could threaten Earth (think dinosaur-killing size). “We know now where most of them are and where most of them are going. That really has reduced our risk” of an impact, says a NASA scientist. And as for mid-sized asteroids—those capable of demolishing a metropolitan city—NASA has reduced its estimate of the number in existence by 44%. But it hasn’t tracked many of them down yet. “Fewer does not mean none. There are still tens of thousands out there that are left to find.” NASA’s updated data comes compliments of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, which launched in 2009 to seek out near-Earth objects. For the largest asteroids—bigger than 3,300 feet across—NASA said 911 of the 981 thought to exist have been found, and none are poised to threaten the planet in the near future. As for the mid-size ones, it believes about 19,500 asteroids between 330 and 3,300 feet wide exist, reports the AP. About 5,200 of those have been IDed. WISE is not equipped to detect the more than a million smallest asteroids that could cause damage if they impact Earth.
Umm….WTF!?!?!? There are like 25,000 asteroids that could destroy the shit out of Earth in ‘the near future’ !?!?! Thanks for finding them science, now get off your ass and do something about it. Maybe these NASA nerds don’t realize it because they never saw Armageddon, but asteroids are about the scariest thing in Space. One asteroid pointed towards Earth is too many, but NASA is claiming that there are at least 25,000. So they need to start fighting back. Just start launching nukes at these bastards. Send a message that Earth isn’t going anywhere.
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