Life might be busy, but everyone can take a short break to enjoy some science. I've got too much going on to do a full Weekly Roundup, but I couldn't pass this one story up.
Everyone remembers that huge space rock that exploded over Russia on February 15th earlier this year, right? That amazingly terrifying and yet super awesome meteor that hit our atmosphere (and luckily broke up before smashing into the ground)?
Well, even if you've forgotten about it, scientists haven't. They've been working around the clock to pinpoint where that thing came from. And they may have finally found its point of origin: the near-Earth asteroid EO40.
Needless to say, scientists are taking a closer look at all such objects now, to determine the risk for this happening again. The best we can do for now is just continue to fund organizations like the Minor Planet Center, who track things coming near us in space.
Fun fact before I wrap up this post: at least twenty more pieces may have broken away from EO40. Of course, the odds that any of them would hit Earth are slim, but it is good to remember that one piece did beat the odds.
Let's all just think about that for a little bit. Anyone still think NASA's funding needs to get cut?