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Asteroid impacts on Earth – those on the scale of the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago – have been big hits in Hollywood. But in the modern world, are the impacts portrayed in movies like Deep Impact and Armageddon only the stuff of science fiction?
NASA is looking for asteroids, and is seeking help from citizen scientists to locate the dangerous space rocks and reduce the potential threats they may pose to human populations.
Asteroid 99942, named Apophis after an ancient Egyptian mythological demon, will be whizzing by Earth this week. Apophis is a near-Earth asteroid with an estimated diameter of approximately three football fields – over 880 feet.
An asteroid approximately the size of a city block will be completing its closest ever fly-by in our planet's history early next year, and one prominent American university is planning a "viewing party" to commemorate the occasion.
Momentum Grows for First Private Deep Space Mission to Map the Inner Solar System and Track Asteroids Posing Threats to Earth
Former astronauts are making plans to build and launch their own space telescope to track down dangerous asteroids.
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