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A Large ‘Chelyabinsk’-Sized Asteroid Will Sweep Past Earth On Tuesday And Be Closer Than The Moon

It’s nothing to be alarmed about, but a large asteroid capable of damaging a town will on Tuesday September 1, 2020 come much closer to Earth than anyone should be comfortable with.

While most asteroids pass by beyond the orbit of the Moon, asteroid 2011 ES4 will, on Tuesday, get to a distance equivalent to between the Moon and the Earth.

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How big is 2011 ES4?

2011 ES4 is a reasonably large and dangerous asteroid.

It’s about 82 feet/25 meters in diameter, so much larger than asteroid 2020 QG, which passed very close to Earth during August and was only noticed a few hours after its closest approach.

If it struck Earth it could damage a town, but

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Closest-ever asteroid to pass Earth and not hit it just squeaked by

This illustration depicts an asteroid, though not the one that squeezed by Earth on Aug. 16.


NASA/JPL-CalTech

We’ve gotten pretty good at spotting worrisome asteroids and tracking their paths. But sometimes the little ones sneak by, like asteroid 2020 QG did on Sunday.

The European Space Agency (ESA) NEO Coordination Centre, which monitors near-Earth objects, called 2020 QG “the closest asteroid ever observed to pass by our planet without hitting it” in a statement on Tuesday.

The asteroid snuggled up to Earth on Aug. 16, which was the same day it was first spotted by the Zwicky Transient Facility, an astronomical survey that looks out for these sorts of things. 

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Scientists seek to replicate the sun’s fusion power here on Earth

What if scientists could harness the extraordinarily powerful process that fuels the sun to generate clean energy here on Earth? In a potentially historic milestone, they are taking a step towards just such a future today.

At a ceremony Tuesday morning in southern France, a 35-country consortium officially began the assembly phase of a megaproject known as ITER — the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. Once assembly is complete, about four and a half years from now, it will be the world’s first industrial-scale fusion device. If successful, it promises to pave the way for virtually limitless, waste-free energy. 

Fusion is the process that powers stars like the sun, which can be thought of as a gigantic fusion reactor. When two atomic nuclei combine, or fuse, to form a heavier nucleus, energy is released. However, here on Earth, fusion as a form of power generation remains largely theoretical. While scientists have

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Pentagon Has ‘Off-World Vehicles Not Made on This Earth’

Photo credit: Department of Defense
Photo credit: Department of Defense

From Popular Mechanics

For years, the U.S. government has repeatedly changed its tune regarding its official involvement with UFO research.

As recently as February, a Pentagon spokesperson told Popular Mechanics that, while a government program did investigate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and other unexplained aerial phenomena for some time last decade, funding dried up in 2012. But when Popular Mechanics thoroughly investigated the covert program, multiple sources said it’s still ongoing to this day.

Now, a new report in the New York Times confirms those accounts. The government’s UFO unit currently resides in the Office of Naval Intelligence, where it “deals with classified matters,” per the report, even though the unit itself isn’t classified. The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force is meant to “standardize collection and reporting” on sightings of UAVs and publicly divulge “at least some of its findings” twice a year, according

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