The Moon Strikes Back

Alright, the moon really wasn't trying to extract revenge for the LCROSS mission, in which NASA impacted a spent stage of a rocket into a shadowed crater near the south pole of the moon in hopes of finding water ice. However, the Earth really did get hit by an asteroid on October 8, of the coast of Indonesia.

According to, an asteroid that was roughly 10 meters in diameter exploded with the force of 50,000 tons of TNT. That is three times the force of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. There was no damage because it detonated high in the atmosphere, at least 15 to 20 kilometer above the surface.

Bigger than 10 fucking meters

The scary thing, I mean the really fucking scary thing is this object was only 10 meters across! If it was a little bigger and hit a populated area, it could do some real damage. And we didn't even see it coming. While surveys have found most of the Near Earth Objects that could cause a global disaster, the ones a kilometer or so in size, only a small fraction of the objects under a 100 meter across have been found. Any of these could wipe out an entire city. The good news? An asteroid 10 meters in diameter or larger only hits on average once per decade.

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