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Tunguska By the Numbers: An Infographic

The last major asteroid impact was in Tunguska, Russia, in 1908, where an asteroid destroyed an area larger than the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. More recently, on February 15, 2013, we witnessed the close fly-by (only 17,000 miles away) of Asteroid DA-14 and the real impact of a smaller asteroid over Chelyabinsk, Russia. “These events […]

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So how big are these NEOs anyway?

Sometimes it’s challenging to visualize a space object on a human scale. Artist Michael Carroll created this image size comparison of 2012DA14 (on the left) and the Chelyabinsk meteroid (on the right) shown here give us a more  understandable representation of how large the recent NEOs that have passed Earth have been. You can read more […]

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Ed Lu’s Message: Our Cosmic Challenge

The B612 Foundation believes we should find threatening asteroids before they find us. Today’s meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk is a wake-up call that the Earth orbits the Sun in a shooting gallery of asteroids, and that these asteroids sometimes hit the Earth. Later today, a separate and larger asteroid, 2012 DA14, narrowly missed the Earth […]

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#DA14 G+ Hangout Wednesday, February 13th

Updated 2/13/13, 12:30pm PT: Here is the link to the YouTube archive. Sorry we had technical difficulties joining the Hangout. On Wednesday, February 13th @ 2pm ET, join us for a Google Hangout with our very own Ed Lu, fellow astronaut Ron Garan and “The Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait. We’ll be discussing the significance of […]

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Ed Lu, Newsmaker: Saving The World From Asteroids

We can do something about it,” said Lu. “It would be sort of the height of stupidity if we didn’t do something about it. We could get wiped out, but we couldn’t do anything about it because we didn’t have the foresight to do so. We have the technology to do this. Ed was just […]

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Dan Durda: We Live in a Cosmic Shooting Gallery

As the attention on Asteroid 2012 DA14′s flyby increases this week, we asked our friend and B612′s Board Director Dan Durda to share some of his thoughts on this event.  The ‘close shave’ flyby of 2012 DA14 on February 15 provides a clear reminder that we live in a cosmic shooting gallery of rocky visitors […]

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Carolyn Shoemaker: Knowledge is Needed

In anticipation of the arrival of 2012 DA14, we asked our friend and strategic advisor Carolyn Shoemaker to share some of her thoughts on the quest for knowledge on NEOs. Unlike her namesake comet that impacted into Jupiter in 1994 leaving massive scars, NEO 2012 DA14 will miss the Earth cleanly on its close pass […]

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