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September 30, 2011

Good news everyone!

Now you are exorbitantly less likely to be killed by an asteroid without your knowledge! With that shocker out of the way lets explain why.
The folks at NASA have with their "WISE explorer" have concluded that there are far fewer near earth asteroids than previously thought. Near earth asteroids are of course asteroids with flight paths that put them "near" earth and its orbit. Fortunately it seems that there are 19,500 mid sized and 981 large sized asteroids that qualify. A sharp step down from the previously estimated 35,000 and 1,000 respective objects. Of course because it only takes one to make a B movie apocalypse the folks at NASA are hard at work tracking these celestial doom machines. NASA happily reports that they currently track 911 out of the estimated 981 Large asteroids and a glamorous 5,200 mid sized asteroids. So there you have it. Remember to keep rough chances of being hit in perspective and carry on.
The article can be read in full at
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/news/wise20110929.html

Posted by larken at September 30, 2011 09:41 PM

Comments

I feel better already!

Posted by: hagar at October 1, 2011 09:31 PM

Really like the way you wrote this. I feel like so many of these postings have information or new discoveries that were found by the "WISE explorer". That must be a very good machine. I wonder why NASA originally estimated almost twice as many as there actually are.

Posted by: sjbar at October 3, 2011 11:12 AM

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