The world got a little bit too close to experiencing a real life version of Deep Impact or Armageddon over the weekend when earth narrowly avoided an asteroid!
Now, when I say "narrowly avoided," what I really mean is avoided by 15 million miles, but what made this asteroid (named asteroid 86666) extra scary was that it was between 0.7 and 1.6 miles wide in size, and traveling at about 10.12 miles per second!
Luckily NASA's Asteroid Watch was on hand to reassure us all that despite asteroid 86666's size and speed, it didn't pose a threat to all mankind, and there was no immediate need to get Bruce Willis on the phone:
While earth avoided a devastating fate this time, somewhat terrifyingly, NASA actually has a list of what it called Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA's), and there are currently 1,618 of them on the list. Hmm, maybe we should keep the Independence shuttle crew on speed dial after all....
Source: Hello Giggles