Asteroid threat in 2032? Don’t panic, but don’t brush it off

(Photo: P. Carril / ESA file)

A big asteroid sailed past Earth last month, and astronomers haven’t yet totally excluded the possibility that it’ll hit us when it comes around in 2032. If the past is any guide, we won’t have to worry about asteroid 2013 TV135 — but it’s a reminder that we’ll have to fend off a killer space rock one of these days.

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Here we go again: Big asteroid set to buzz Earth

(Photo: Gianluca Masi / Virtual Telescope Project)

A newly discovered asteroid the size of a football field will cruise through Earth’s neighborhood this weekend, just days after another space rock made an even closer approach to our planet.

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Meteor warning system in the works, but far from ready

(Photo: Yekaterina Pustynnikova / AP)

There aren’t yet any advance warning systems that could give Earthlings a heads-up before an untracked space rock hits. But a telescope project in Hawaii aims to change that, and potentially provide a chance for those in threatened areas to evacuate.

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Watch asteroid 2012 DA14 buzz harmlessly past Earth, via streaming video

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The best way for most of us to watch asteroid 2012 DA14 come within 17,200 miles of Earth on Friday afternoon, and then recede harmlessly into the cosmos, is to fire up your Web browser and watch the show online.

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Asteroid 2012 DA14 is closing in for a close encounter – and a swift kick

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It may sound unsettling to hear that a potential killer known as asteroid 2012 DA14 will be coming closer to Earth than telecommunication satellites on Feb. 15, but don’t panic: Earth’s gravitational field will give it such a kick that we’ll never have to worry about it again.

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Could asteroid dust counter climate change on Earth?

(Photo: Charlotte Lücking / ESA / NASA)

To combat global warming, scientists in Scotland now suggest an out-of-this-world solution — a giant dust cloud in space, blasted off an asteroid, which would act like a sunshade for Earth.