Russia Wants to Blow Up An Asteroid

There are many ways to stop an asteroid. You could attach rockets to one, steering it away from Earth. You could shoot one, knocking it off course. You could even capture one inside an inflatable bag, redirecting it elsewhere. Seriously. And then there’s the old Armageddon standby: Nuke the asteroid to all hell.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby

Asteroid 2012 DA14: Too Close For Comfort?

On February 15, 2013, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will glide past Earth, coming within 27,700 km (or 17,200 miles), closer than our orbiting geosynchronous satellite ring. As you can see in the above animation created by NASA, this will definitely be a close encounter.

NASA Confirms Existence Of 4,700 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

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 …

The NEOShield Project

Asteroid 2012 BX34 came within about 37,000 miles of Earth on Friday, January 27. That’s about 1/6 the distance from here to the moon. It was just a close-shave, and fairly small. Not very dangerous as far as asteroids go. But the experience has sparked interest in an international collaboration to prepare us for when a larger asteroid …