Near Miss Day 2022

Don't Panic: Near Miss Day 33 Years Later

On March 23, 1989, the asteroid 4581 Asclepius—apparently about the size of a mountain—came close to colliding with the earth.

“On the cosmic scale of things, that was a close call.”


Actually, he was an amateur astronomer. But he’s also a doctor of some kind. And he was “working on a NASA project,” according to the LA Times.

Really, LA Times?! Why all the ambiguity? Do we really need more conspiracy theory fodder?!

Anyway, “scientist,” seemed funnier than Dr. Henry Holt… of unknown expertise.
Up-close photo of the asteroid Lutetia taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
This is NOT the one that almost got us. This one is asteroid Lutetia, as photographed by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. (CC BY-SA 4.0) Flickr: Rosetta triumphs at asteroid Lutetia by europeanspaceagency

Nobody even noticed the thing until 9 days later, but the near miss was a really good thing: had it occurred, the collision would’ve been roughly the size of forty thousand “Little Boys” (the bomb the USA dropped on Hiroshima in World War II).

That’s worth celebrating!

Earth” by Meredith Garstin is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0. Thanks to Openverse from for help finding great images!


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