Have a Great Day, Meteors and Asteroids Notwithstanding
Headline 1: Meteor injures hundreds in Russia
A 150-foot asteroid hurtled toward Earth's backyard, destined Friday to make the closest known flyby for a rock of its size.
The U.S. space agency NASA promised the asteroid would miss Earth by 17,150 miles, avoiding catastrophe. But that's still closer than many communication and weather satellites. Scientists insisted those, too, would be spared.
Scientists at NASA's Near-Earth Object program at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimate that an object of this size makes a close approach like this every 40 years. The likelihood of a strike is every 1,200 years.
You stay safe out there, Ricochetti.