“4,700 Asteroids threaten Earth”–NASA
(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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