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   Could our planet someday be struck by a large asteroid or comet? We all know about the theory that a large 8-mile across asteroid once struck the Earth 65 million years ago and resulted in the demise of the dinosaurs.But could that ever happen again? Well believe it or not, on June 15, 2002 an Apollo-sized asteroid passed between the Earth and the Moon, and was not spotted until it had gone past us. That's right, no one ever saw it coming! If this huge asteroid had struck our planet, it would have produced an explosion 100 times larger than the explosion that levelled Hiroshima.

   In 1932, 1936, and 1937, three truly huge asteroids named Apollo, Adonis, and Hermes, all passed within 500,000 miles of the Earth. If one of these giant space rocks had struck us, the massive explosion would have blotted out the sunlight and might have marked the end of civilization as we know it. Astronomers in the 1930's however were able to spot these asteroids long before they got near us. So why weren't our modern astronomers able to sight that 2002 asteroid before it approached Earth? What gives?

   Will an asteroid cause the end of the world? Many movies and video productions have suggested that possibility. Are you confident that scientists and astronomers are monitoring these asteroids, and are therefore keeping us safe from this frightening scenario? Well you are in for an unpleasant surprise, because the truth is they are not! The truth is that many asteroids still approach Earth every day that haven't been seen or tracked by modern day science. If you'd like to know more about many future events, then click on the link below and order your book by Edward Oliver.






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