Scientists have decided that two mysterious explosions in the 1990s were caused by mysterious tiny particles from space. The two objects were picked up by earthquake detectors as they tore through Earth at up to 900,000 mph. According to scientists, they were “strangelets,” which are clumps of matter that have so far defied detection.
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When Earth is next hit by an asteroid, the impact may well be doubled, since a new study estimates that 16 percent of asteroids in the region of space shared by Earth’s orbit are actually double asteroids, called binaries. Evidence shows that impacts on Earth sometimes involve a pair of craters. Researchers say these pairs may have been created by the effect of Earth’s gravity, which tears asteroids apart when they come too close.

Astronomers say binary asteroids larger than 219 yards appear to be formed extremely close to Earth. Five such systems have been spotted by radar telescopes. Asteroids this close to the planet are called Near Earth Asteroids, or NEAs, and are watched closely by astronomers who fear they may one day hit Earth.
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Asteroids could be used to destroy enemy cities if they were nudged out of their normal orbits and guided towards cities on Earth by a string of nuclear explosions.

The result could cause devastation more than 50,000 times greater than the bomb at Hiroshima and could obliterate a region the size of Belgium. The perpetrators might even be able to escape blame by calling it a natural disaster.

David Asher, of Armagh Observatory, and Nigel Holloway, of Spaceguard UK, think this isn?t science fiction?that?s it?s possible with the technology we have now.
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NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking System has detected five more near-earth asteroids in the past few days, after a near-miss was recorded over Christmas. While the number of large near-earth asteroids is believed to be between 500 and a thousand, not the 2000 previously estimated, it appears that the overall number of objects may be much higher than expected.

Asteroids are still being detected with very little advance notice, and being given almost no media attention at all. On December 19, 2000, Whitleysworld.com was among a very few media sources to report that earth was going to experience a near-miss in a few days. Object 2000 YA was detected on December 18, and passed within 2 lunar distances of earth on December 22nd
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