Saturday, October 17, 2009

Everyone Almost Died Last Night

Rejoice, because you are alive: An asteroid named 2009 TM8 just passed only 216,000 miles from Earth, racing at 18,163mph. That's closer than the moon. According to Don Yeomans, manager of the Near-Earth Object Program Office at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, there's about 7 million other monolithic objects in the near-Earth space which could wipe us out.

It is my odd disappoint to reassure you that 2009 TM8 is not big enough to destroy the entire planet, but it can still turn NYC into the Thunderdome... hopefully with Mel Gibson along with it. But such a formality won't stop me from showing what would happen if an asteroid big enough of human extinction did crash into the Earth... in glorious HD of course:

[Link: Gizmodo]

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