PHA PSA: There’s No Need to Worry About Friday’s Asteroid Pass

Lights in the Dark

Concept image of a large asteroid passing by Earth and the MoonConcept image of a large asteroid passing by Earth and the Moon (J. Major)

It happens every time: an asteroid is slated to make a perfectly safe pass by Earth on its route around the Sun, like everyone else, but the tabloid “news” sites take the opportunity to start screaming bloody horror about the upcoming “near miss” and “terrified” NASA scientists etc. etc. It’s awfully tiring and even more predictable than the asteroids’ orbits themselves. I’d usually ignore such things except that they have the unfortunate side effect of actually 1. garnering a lot of attention, at least for a short period of time; and 2. scaring the bejeebers out of people who may not follow real space science news as much as I do. (Which is a lot of people.) So in an attempt to sort out any confusion I’ll say for the record:

There is no need to worry about asteroid 2014 YB35.

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