October 18th, 2013
04:19 PM ET

Giant asteroid zips by Earth

One of the most dangerous asteroids on record zipped close by Earth last month.

It made headlines on Thursday, when reports said that there's a chance it could strike our planet in less than 20 years. Such a collision could unleash a force as powerful as a couple of thousand atomic bombs.

But NASA was quick to calm nerves and point out some very good news. The most dangerous known asteroids don't really pose much of a threat. And there are very few of them.


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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The USA will survive any threat by this asteroid. DHS, in consultation with Janet Napolitano, is on top of it. The system works.

    October 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Amazing, since Janet Napolitano retired, and her replacement has yet to be confirmed.

      October 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Insert name sideways up your

    I see we have to continue dodging zombies. Better luck next time, eh, zombies? Oh, can't read huh? Coincidence or not?

    October 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    Sooooo, there are "only a few" of these? It only takes ONE!

    October 19, 2013 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. petoskey ron

    Besides, "the most dangerous ones dont pose much of a threat" according to NASA. What?

    October 19, 2013 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    Well. All pizza is good. Im partial to pepperoni pizza from pizza hut. Thin and crispy along with a side order of their collard greens

    October 19, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    What they mean is that the vast majority of these large objects they make close approaches do so repeatedly, and have done so for billions of years. They have not hit us before and never will. We just happen to be noticing them now.

    October 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Just another "may have" article. I'm out of here. See ya later bye.

    October 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TvNyC

    Boring American lives

    October 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNyC

    Teachers are making fun of their students and the real bullies are really bullying. As far as the case in Massachusetts, seems to me that the teacher was having a relationship with the boy, and she wanted to end it, but this 14 year old didn't want that so he stabbed her.

    October 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |