There's no better way to start a Friday than watching some of the amazing animations from Dark Universe—the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden planetarium show. Bonus: Neil deGrasse Tyson reads a poem.
Asteroids orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter in the asteroid belt. But near-Earth asteroids come much closer to our planet. Major collisions are exceedingly rare, but there are about a million near-Earth asteroids that are large enough to substantially damage or destroy a major city.
Celebrity Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (THERE'S A CONCEPT) took to Twitter today to simultaneously lament NASA's imminent hibernation and drop knowledge on us all. Here are some of the better tidbits from his rant: