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  1. This Damn Snow Storm Is Ruining Your View of a Huge Asteroid Passing by Right Now

    Down in front!

    A "mountain-size" asteroid is passing by the Earth right now, and we'd all be able to see it if the snow weren't ruining our lives.

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  2. NASA Audit Concludes They’re Not Prepared to Protect Us From Asteroids or Even Detect Them

    How long does it take to assemble a ragtag team of retired astronauts, anyway?

    You know what we haven't done in a while? Found an asteroid that's about to fly uncomfortably close to Earth. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Just because we don't see them doesn't mean they're not out there, as a few close passes showed earlier this year, and a government audit has concluded that NASA's program to detect asteroids and protect the world from devastation is way behind schedule.

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  3. NASA Teamed With Kerbal Space Program for Playable Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Let's give the Moon a moon!

    NASA has a plan to redirect an asteroid and park it in lunar orbit. They want to give the Moon a moon! It sounds a little far-fetched, but we're completely on board, and so are the folks at Kerbal Space Program. They've teamed up with NASA to add the mission to the game, and you can play it right now.

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  4. Check Out NASA’s SXSW Booth and Learn About Tiny Asteroid-Hunting Satellites

    It's probably our favorite SXSW booth because space.

    There's a lot going on at SXSW including this booth by NASA to let tradeshow attendees know that space is still out there. We took a quick look at the booth and learned about how NASA is planning on protecting us all from asteroids.

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  5. NASA Wants YOU to Help Detect Asteroids, and They’re Willing to Pay

    Do the Math. Save the world.

    Grab your no. 2 pencils and Texas Instruments! NASA announced today that they will be awarding $35,000 in prizes between now and August to civilians who develop asteroid-detecting algorithms. NASA, I'm flattered that you would ask, but honestly I'd prefer if you had this whole "preventing planetary extinction" thing down already.

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  6. NASA Announced Asteroid Will Fly by Earth Closer Than the Moon Today [Live Stream Updated]

    Quick, everyone grab some animal crackers, your Armaggedon roleplay is now justified.

    While you were peacefully sleeping last night, NASA announced that they had detected a 100 foot-wide asteroid that will fly closer to Earth than the Moon today around 1 pm PST and 4 pm EST. NASA predicts that the asteroid will pass us without event, but just in case they're wrong, you might want to knock out that bucket list in the next 5 hours.

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  7. Guys, We Lost an Asteroid the Size of Three Football Fields. Feeling Super Secure Right Now

    They're calling it Moby Dick now. I'm hoping they just don't know how that book ends.

    Don't worry, you're not going to get hit by asteroid 2000 EM26. Still, it's a little unsettling that it was supposed to fly by last night, and no one has any idea where it is. The universe is a big place, and it's more likely to be found farther away from us than closer, but it's a little disconcerting that we were so wrong about its trajectory.

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  8. We’re 10x More Likely to Get Hit By Meteors Than Previously Thought (And Also One’s Heading for Us Right Now)

    Hooray!

    Okay everybody, don't freak out or anything, but there's a "potentially hazardous" asteroid that's coming kiiiiiinda close to the Earth. Oh, and also? Scientists now think we're about ten times more likely to get hit by foreign space objects than we originally thought. But hey, at least you have the weekend to finish House of Cards, right?

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  9. It’s the Return of the Geekosystem Podcast! Here’s Episode 4 “Reboot”

    We're back, and we'll be posting every week even if it's just Glen talking to himself in the booth.

    The Geekosystem Podcast is back! There's a bit of a change in the lineup, but join Senior Editor Glen Tickle as he's joined again by Associate Editor Victoria McNally and brand new Associate Editor Dan Van Winkle to discuss asteroids, Editors' Picks, and a heated discussion about the reboot of Reboot.

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  10. Decomissioned NASA Craft Brought Back For One Last Job: Like Taken But With Asteroids

    You know, if WISE were our father and asteroids wanted to sell us as sex slaves.

    NASA spacecraft Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has in the past discovered and characterized thousands of asteroids before being put in "hibernation," which is a fairly terrifying euphemism. But next month it's coming back for one last mission: identifying potentially dangerous asteroids, that will then be... "relocated."

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  11. Our Friend Bill Nye Explores Whether the Human Race Can Stop an Asteroid [Video]

    Because let's face it, "AsapSCIENCE" isn't as easy to chant as "Bill! Bill! Bill!"

    Potential asteroid collisions have been big in the news lately, and as a nation we're are more afraid of them than we've ever been -- possibly because in the past we used to be afraid of things like polio and getting murdered by bandits. Is stopping an asteroid even possible? AsapSCIENCE requested the help of our friend Bill Nye, whom you might remember from being the Science Guy, to explain things to us.

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  12. The Asteroids Movie Will Be “More of a Space Opera,” Not the Disaster Movie Expected

    Oh Hollywood

    The  Asteroids Movie that has been in the works for several years now, jumping from writer to writer, but firmly under the production of Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, appears to have a basic description now. Hollywood was able to inject something beyond exploding asteroids into the Atari game that revolves around the simple objective of shooting asteroids, even when di Bonaventura himself admitted that plot-wise, "there's nothing to the game."  What's more, the film may not be the massive piece of destruction that was expected.

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  13. NASA Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge, Wants Your Help in Stopping Them

    Well, as much help as you can provide, anyway.

    Hop into your triangle-shaped spaceship and start shooting dots at drifting polygons, because NASA wants you to do your part in stopping asteroids from destroying the planet. On Tuesday, the space agency announced the Asteroid Grand Challenge, a wide-ranging initiative aimed at tracking and eliminating asteroids that could impact the Earth. To achieve its goals, NASA is reaching out to the public for help.

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  14. An Even Better Look at Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

    Okay, yeah, that's no space station.

    As you may recall, asteroid 1998 QE2 gave the Earth a buzz just over a week ago. Upon close examination, it was determined that 1998 QE2 actually had a moon of its own. That's not unheard of, though we didn't know 1998 QE2 had one. Some images were combined to form a video of the binary group shortly after discovery, but now an even better look at the two has been created thanks to scientists working with the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California.

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  15. Bill Nye, Lori Garver and More Answer Your Asteroid Questions During Google Hangout This Afternoon

    The White House's latest 'We The Geeks' Hangout will either put you at ease about asteroid strikes or utterly terrify you. Let's find out which together!

    Today, you've got a chance to get caught up on all the latest news and science on asteroids courtesy of We The Geeks, a Google Hangout presented by the White House. At 2pm EDT this afternoon, you can join Bill Nye, NASA's own Lori Garver, astronaut Ed Lu, IAU astronomer Jose Luis Galache and aspiring asteroid miner Peter Diamandis of Planetary Resources for a round table discussion on all things asteroids -- from how we could harvest them for minerals to what happens if we have to try and dodge one.

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  16. Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has Its Own Moon

    Radar data shows that the asteroid flying by Earth today isn't travelling alone.

    1998 QE2, the huge asteroid passing near Earth today, has yet to make its closest approach, but researchers are already using radar to make some surprising discoveries about the space rock as it hurtles through our neck of the cosmic woods. Case in point? Yesterday, NASA officials learned that 1.7 mile-wide 1998 QE2 -- that's as big as nine cruise ships, to use an unexpected but largely accepted metric -- isn't travelling alone. The enormous asteroid is bringing its own smaller moon along for the ride, which you can get a look at in the video below.

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  17. Asteroid 1998 QE2 Will Come So Close Tomorrow, Yet So Far Away

    There's a giant asteroid that's going to be passing very near the Earth, but don't be alarmed. You'll be fine.

    A very large asteroid will pass very close to the Earth on Friday, but it's nothing to worry about. It's only close in astronomical terms, and poses no threat to our planet. So what's all the fuss about? The asteroid, dubbed 1998 QE2, will be a prime target for radar telescopes to study. Those of us with non-radar telescopes might be lucky enough to catch a dim glimpse.

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  18. Congress Doesn’t Care About Your Asteroid Plan, Would Rather Have a Moon Base

    The White House's 2014 budget proposal includes funding for a NASA mission to park an asteroid in lunar orbit. Besides being awesome, the mission will also put humans farther into space than we've ever been. It might even help us develop ways to deflect asteroids that threaten to impact the Earth and kill everyone on it, but Congress doesn't care about any of that. Congress wants a Moon base.

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  19. Senator Announces NASA Project to Park Asteroid Near Our Moon

    We first heard of the plan to capture a small asteroid and park it near our Moon, essentially giving our Moon a moon of its own, back in January, but now it seems all but official. Chairman of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee, Senator Bill Nelson said on Friday President Obama will include $100 million in the 2014 budget for the asteroid project, calling it a "clever concept." I wonder what William Shatner will suggest we name it.

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  20. Congress Might Have Doomed Us All to an Asteroid Apocalypse. Thanks, Guys.

    It Came From Outer Space

    The last few months have seen several asteroids unexpectedly buzz our planet, a fact that has caused a bit of concern for Congress. After all, while the chances of a catastrophic asteroid impact are tiny, if one does manage to hit us the effect could be pretty bad. Like, end of humanity bad. So it makes sense that Congress would want someone monitoring near-Earth asteroids just in case one should come barreling towards us. Hmmm. Who does Congress have to turn to when they need someone to watch the skies? NASA. Whose budget has Congress drastically cut in recent years? NASA. You see where this is going.

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