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It’s official—planet Earth has a stalker. A monster asteroid larger than England’s famous Tower of London, and more than twice the size of New York’s Madison Square garden.
This sinister space-stalker, discovered last year by a team of astronomers in Ireland, goes by the name of 2010 SO16, and according to the experts, it has been tracking us for the last 250,000 years.
The object is one of over 7,000 known Near-Earth Asteroids (or NEAs for short). These are sizable lumps of space rock measuring over 160 feet (50m) across, lurking within 120m miles (or 200m kilometers) of our precious planet Earth.
So should we be afraid? Making plans to hop the planet an live on Mars, perhaps? Digging underground shelters we can hide in? At the very least, wearing ant-asteroid crash-helmets or something?
Well, As I explain in my book Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off, asteroid impacts are no joke.