UPDATE – Just in time to create really BIG fireworks for the 4th of July, an asteroid that may be a half-mile in diameter wide is coming our way. Astronomers assure us there is no danger of impact, but it will make an unusually close pass on that day. We’ve had other near misses lately.
Joe Rao writes in space.com that when this asteroid was first discovered, there were fears that it might hit the earth sometime in this century, so scientists have been monitoring it carefully in case they felt they had to try out some of their new techniques to destroy it or deflect it.
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