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  • 10.31.16

We didn’t get hit by an asteroid last night, and we knew we wouldn’t thanks to this new NASA tool

NASA is testing a new computer program, called Scout, that scans data from telescopes to find space objects in Earth’s neighborhood. It then calculates the risk of those objects hitting Earth and orders follow-up observations from other telescopes to better understand the risk.

NPR reports that Scout located an asteroid on Oct. 25-26 that looked as though it would pass near Earth. Last night, as predicted, it missed us by 310,000 miles.

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