NASA Confirms Existence Of 4,700 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

Posted by on May 17, 2012

Everything seems so peaceful when you look up at the stars. It’s all so quiet. Motionless. Eternal. But that’s only because your eyes can’t see the 4,700 asteroids that might want you, and everything else on Earth, dead.

New data from NASA’s NEOWISE project (that’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) has confirmed the existence of at least 4,700 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids swirling around in space, just waiting to pay Earth a visit.

These Potentially Hazardous Asteroids, or PHAs, are near-Earth objects that have the “closest orbits to Earth’s” and pose the most risk for collision.

But that’s no guarantee they’ll ever actually drop in for a quick annihilation of all humanity. Instead, we might be able to use this data for future missions.

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