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An Asteroid Narrowly Missed Earth But Scientists Only Discovered It 3 Days After Passing

Had it hit Earth, Asteroid 2017 OO1 would have “leveled a large district in the city.”

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An asteroid that has an estimated size of a passenger plane passed extremely close to Earth recently. What is alarming though is the fact that it had gone completely undetected until three days after it had passed the planet.

The massive space rock, dubbed Asteroid 2017 OO1, was spotted by the ATLAS-MLO telescope in Hawaii. It is said to be around 25 to 77 meters (82-256 feet) wide. With that size, it’s nearly thrice as large as the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia years ago.

Now, should this be a cause for concern? Apparently, yes.

As stated, it’s comparably much bigger than the Chelyabinsk meteor that injured hundreds when it came crashing down to Earth in 2013.

If the recent asteroid had not missed, it would have probably “leveled a large district in a city, potentially injuring and killing thousands,” according to HuffPost. Fortunately, Asteroid 2017 OO1 flew past our planet at a distance of about 123,031 km (76,448 miles). While that’s a considerably safe distance, it is still a third of the distance between Earth and the moon.

Apart from the possible devastation it might have brought, it’s worrying that it had not been detected early. NASA scientists have increasingly warned of the dangers posed by space rocks and other objects lurking close to Earth undetected.

Even if many smaller asteroids in the Earth’s vicinity have been discovered already, we’re still pretty much at risk. Experts warn that we’re not yet prepared enough to deal with the catastrophe that these smaller space objects can cause.


In an interview, Asteroid Day founder Grigorij Richters discussed what people can learn from the late discovery of Asteroid 2017 OO1. He told IFLSScience:

Asteroid 2017 OO1 is an important reminder that we need to do a better job at detecting even small-sized asteroids early… Small asteroids can cause significant regional damage and we are the only species that can do something about this cosmic hazard. Just ask the dinosaurs!

What do you think? Should we invest more to ensure proper and early detection of asteroids? Share your comments below!

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This Is How Much Data The World Generates and Consumes Every Minute

This is how much data is generated every day!

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Everyone knows that technology has advanced exponentially since time immemorial. Heck, with its rate, it will not be a surprise if real teleportation happens one day. Truth is, as technology advances, so does data generation - and the numbers involved are simply astonishing.

In the last two years alone, humanity was able to create ninety percent of the entire data in the world. So just imagine how much more can be achieved in the next three to five years! It is simply remarkable.

Advancements in internet technology further improved the data usage of people.

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You May Already Have Thalassophobia, But You Just Don’t Know It Yet

Fear of what lurks within…

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Fearing the unknown depths of the sea or any other body of water is something that a lot of people have. This is not surprising, especially for those who don’t know how to swim. But do you know that there’s actually a name for such fear? It’s called Thalassophobia and it is described as persistent fear of large bodies of water and whatever that is lurking within their depths.

Now some people are not even aware that they have this condition. So how do you know you have Thalassophobia? It’s certainly more than just being afraid of swimming in the deep. Here are some signs that you are afflicted with this phobia.

1) Deep water makes you nervous.

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‘It Didn’t Vanish Without a Trace,’ Scientist Explains Mystery of Bermuda Triangle

Scientist says the Bermuda Triangle is no more or less dangerous than any other area open sea or airspace in the world.

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There’s a certain area in the world where countless ships and planes were reported to have vanished mysteriously- the Bermuda Triangle or also called as the “Devil’s Triangle.” However, a scientist revealed there’s been an explanation over the disappearances all along.

Stretching over 700,000km of sea from Puerto Rico to Florida and the island of Bermuda in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Bermuda Triangle has long been a big puzzle. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, an Australian scientist explained there is no mystery to solve because the incidents were likely caused by human error.

In the past 100 years the Bermuda Triangle has claimed at least 1,000 human lives, 20 planes and 50 ships.

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