Bill Nye: Asteroid DA14 ‘could kill a lot of people’ if it hit Earth

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, February 14, 2013 23:26 EDT
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Bill Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society, admitted Thursday night that the recently discovered 2012 DA14 asteroid would kill a lot of people if it struck Earth.

“An asteroid like this could kill a lot of people,” he told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur. “This one is one of many, many, many — about 100,000 objects like this. So we have discovered or we have tracked about one percent of them. There’s 99 percent more out there.”

Though the DA14 asteroid will zoom just around 17,200 miles above the Earth’s surface on Friday, NASA scientists are confident it poses no threat to the inhabitants of the planet.

The asteroid is about the same size as another object that obliterated a forest in Tunguska, Siberia in 1908, Nye explained.

“We are the first generation of humans that could do something about” an asteroid heading towards Earth, he proclaimed. “If I may, how cool is that?”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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