On the evening of October 30, 2016, a large asteroid came relatively close to hitting Earth. Though it's a scary image, astronomers knew nothing catastrophic was going to happen. We knew not to worry thanks to NASA's Scout, a computer program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena used to detect Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that may potentially be dangerous. Astronomers are working on what to do if an asteroid appears to be getting too close for comfort. Find out more details about this subject in the videos below.
How Do We Protect Earth From Asteroid Impacts?
There are actually a lot of asteroids relatively near Earth.
4 Biggest Asteroid Strikes Ever
Are there more big ones to come?
AIM: Asteroid Impact Mission
AIM is The ESA's effort to protect Earth from asteroids.
Written by Curiosity Staff October 31, 2016
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