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NASA will not warn us about asteroids over Twitter during the shutdown

Posted By admin On October 1, 2013 @ 5:15 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Andrea Peterson
Washington Post [1]
October 1, 2013

Important Internet space update: In the event of a government shutdown, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Near Earth Object Office will not be warning the public about “potentially hazardous” asteroids and comets that could approach Earth via Twitter.

Yes, this was a service NASA was providing. But don’t worry too much, they laterclarified [3] that even in the event of a shutdown many astronomers and observatories will still be watching the sky. And it’s actually sort of a big deal. Just this past February, an asteroid known as 2012 DA14 [4] thought to be around 150 feet across came nearer to Earth than the Moon and even some weather and communications satellites. If it had been on a collision course with Earth, it would have resulted in an explosion equivalent to around 2.4 million tons of TNT.

Full article here [1]


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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/01/nasa-will-not-warn-us-about-asteroids-over-twitter-during-the-shutdown/

[2] October 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/AsteroidWatch/statuses/384878343092314112

[3] clarified: https://twitter.com/AsteroidWatch/status/384888290005893120

[4] 2012 DA14: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/08/171412450/close-shave-asteroid-to-buzz-earth-next-week?utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20130208

[5] Stunning NASA map reveals paths of 1,400 huge ‘hazard’ asteroids: http://www.prisonplanet.com/stunning-nasa-map-reveals-paths-of-1400-huge-hazard-asteroids.html

[6] Nasa cannot monitor most potentially devastating asteroids: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nasa-cannot-monitor-most-potentially-devastating-asteroids.html

[7] April Fools’ fly-by: Four asteroids flash past Earth in one day: http://www.prisonplanet.com/april-fools%e2%80%99-fly-by-four-asteroids-flash-past-earth-in-one-day.html

[8] Nasa: 2012 DA14 asteroid ‘will not impact Earth’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nasa-2012-da14-asteroid-will-not-impact-earth.html

[9] Blast it or paint it: Asteroid to threaten Earth in 2013: http://www.prisonplanet.com/blast-it-or-paint-it-asteroid-to-threaten-earth-in-2013.html

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