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  1. 2029 Apophis Asteroid Will Pass So Close to Earth, It Will Experience Mini Asteroid Avalanches

    Fact: The Earth is as scary to asteroids as asteroids are to us.

    We're all so busy worrying what a close asteroid pass means for us and any ragtag teams of retired astronauts that no one takes the time to consider what it means for the asteroid. The Earth exerts some pretty strong gravitational forces, and when football field-sized 99942 Apophis passes extremely close in 2029, it's going to be just as much a shake-up for the asteroid as for our psyches.

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  2. Surprise! We Discovered Another New Giant Asteroid That’s About to Whip by Us

    Sticks and stones may break your bones—or vaporize you, depending on their size.

    Wow, we're getting really good at detecting asteroid threats—right before they would potentially end the world, that is. The newest one is nicknamed "The Beast" and will come within 3 lunar distances of the Earth. That's far enough to keep us safe, but at the size of a football stadium, it's still unnerving that it crept up on us.

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  3. An Asteroid The Size Of A Bus Came Closer To Earth Than The Moon This Morning, But It’s Cool

    Don't worry, NASA's known about it for ages. Like, four whole days.

    So here's a fun fact: while you were sleeping last night, you had a near-death experience. Yes, you - and everyone else on this lovely planet. In the wee hours of the morning, a pretty sizeable asteroid soared by the Earth, just missing it. But we're okay. For now.

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  4. Giant Asteroid’s Eclipse of a Bright Star Will Be Visible From New York and Nearby Areas on Thursday

    It's fun to see as long as it continues to stay far, far away.

    An asteroid called Erigone is going to give New York City and its surrounding areas a pretty good show on Thursday. No, it's not going to smash into us, which is for the best when you consider that it's about 42 miles wide. It's going to blot a bright star out of the sky for about ten seconds, which you won't even need a telescope to see.

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  5. There’s A Full Moon Tonight, And You Can Investigate A Lunar Crash Site

    We recommend watching the webcast while wearing a deerstalker cap.

    Last September 11th, an asteroid collided with the moon at speeds of over 37,000 miles per hour, creating the brightest lunar explosion we've ever seen. Tonight's full moon will give astronomers the opportunity to investigate the site of the lunar impact; oh, and through a live webcast, you can watch too!

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  6. Yesterday’s Asteroid Wasn’t Alone, Another One to Buzz Us Much Closer Today

    It's still not dangerous, but a drinking game based on new asteroid discoveries might be.

    Yesterday, a 100 foot-wide asteroid flew by Earth slightly closer than the moon at 217,000 miles away. It turns out it wasn't alone, though, and an asteroid about the size of a bus will hurtle by today. It might be much smaller, but today's asteroid, 2014 EC, will be 1/6 of that distance at only 34,000 miles away. The universe's aim is improving.

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  7. An Asteroid Hit Earth’s Atmosphere Last Night Just Hours after It Was Discovered

    You take one look away from those sneaky space rocks to celebrate the new year and BAM!

    An asteroid with a near-Earth orbit was discovered yesterday, which is great news for anyone who thinks we should make an effort to have a warning system in place for potentially dangerous flying space rocks. Unfortunately, it was discovered right as it was about to slam into the Earth's atmosphere, which makes us glad it was relatively small.

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  8. Watch This Awesome Empire Strikes Back Original Storyboard Comparison

    Never tell me the odds... of storyboard concepts making it to screen.

    Storyboarding is an essential part of the movie-making process, but how much of the original dream for a film actually makes it to the screen? In this side-by-side comparison of the asteroid field sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, we're able to see exactly how much of the sweet concept was transformed into reality.

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  9. Asteroid 2013 NJ Whizzed by Earth Today Closer than Anything Else on NASA’s Near Earth Object List [Video]

    Take a look, because it'll (hopefully) be a while before an asteroid gets this close again.

    Asteroid 2013 NJ is just one object on NASA's list of near-Earth objects, but it's remarkable in that it flew by significantly closer than anything else on the list. Passing by at about 2.5 times the distance to the moon, it was close enough to be visible to the naked eye, even though it's diameter is relatively small at 120-260 meters.

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  10. The United Nations Will Create an International Asteroid Warning Group to Protect the World from Devastation

    Presumably, this will unite all peoples within our nations.

    Like us, the United Nations also gets spooked by flying death rocks from space, and that's why they're moving forward with plans to create an International Asteroid Warning Group. The network of participating nations would let everyone know when there was an asteroid threat to the Earth and then launch a mission to ram it safely off course.

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