Every now and then, something in the news about an asteroid freaks us out just a little bit. Well, now you don’t have to wonder if an asteroid is coming near the Earth. You can sign up for daily email alerts that will let you know if an asteroid will be flying near the Earth today.
Called Daily Minor Planet, this new alert service will send you an email every day, letting you know if there’s a nearby asteroid flyby. The service is a partnership between the Minor Planet Center and the Oracle Corporation, and it’s really accurate. Matt Holman, Harvard astronomer and director of the Minor Planet Center, said: “Most people don’t realize how common asteroid flybys are…” Well, maybe we should know.
You can sign up for the daily asteroid alerts at this link.
Nearly every day, an asteroid flies within a few million miles of the Earth, according to a Harvard press release on the new alert service. Your email alert will let you know the time the asteroid’s flying by and how far away it will be. If there’s not a flyby that day, you’ll get an email talking about a new asteroid that’s been discovered.
We’re finding this kind of information more and more important. As recently as late July, NASA scientists warned about the asteroid Bennu, which can be seen from Earth every six years. In 2135, the asteroid will pass between us and the Moon. If it goes off the expected course just a little, it might cause some pretty major damage.
So to be a true post-apocalyptic survivalist, you should probably sign up for these alerts. Forewarned is forearmed. In the meantime, there are a lot of fun asteroid-themed movies on Amazon Video that you can watch right away if you want to get in the asteroid mood. Check them out at this link.