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Asteroid to Miss Earth 'by 15 Minutes' on Friday

Bill Nye, a.k.a. "The Science Guy," explains the effect an impact could have on Earth.

On Friday, Feb. 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass within 17,200 miles — or 15 minutes — of Earth, according to Bill Nye ("The Science Guy").

While the asteroid, which Nye said is comparable in size to the one responsible for the 1908 Tunguska event, is expected to pass harmlessly by, Nye said it is a very close shave, relatively speaking.

"This one will miss us by about 15 minutes," Nye explained. "Fifteen minutes' difference and that's it."

If it were not for those 15 minutes, life for millions of people could end.

"If such a meteor were to hit Atlanta or New York City or Boston, that would be it for those municipalities," Nye said. As much as 1,200 square miles would be destroyed, Nye added.

According to Nye, there are approximately 100,000 "Earth-crossing" asteroids and, for the first time in human history, the possibility exists that something could be done should one threaten Earth.

"It is something that we as humans all over the world ought to get involved in," he said.

Are you worried about an asteroid striking Earth in your lifetime? Scroll down to comment.

TintinPatino February 15, 2013 at 12:25 AM
let it land of the Syrian palace in Damacus
George McRae February 15, 2013 at 06:48 AM
What, are we not going to pay attention to the idiot comments made by the CNN reporter that meteors were responsible for global warming? And Nye's rebuttal awkward as it was about "meteor" and "meteorology? We are certainly mostly a nation of idiots.
D. Mehrten February 15, 2013 at 08:18 PM
As to idiots--I usually avoid casual conversations with folks I meet here and there because they usually lead to such revelations as my being informed that it's a good thing the grizzly is extinct in California because they were evil and ate the pretty deer and so G-d appointed his favored beings (us, of course) to exterminate them.

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