Turns out the world could end in 2182. That’s when near-Earth asteroid 1999 RQ36 will swing by, “dangerously close“. Since this one could actually cause us trouble, NASA is naming it–or asking students to. I guess if you’re gonna get sideswiped, it’s best to know who’s doing it.
In all seriousness, I’m an optimistic type. I believe that even if Asteroid 1999 RQ36 is heading straight for us, that’s 170 years to figure out what to do about it. Intriguing, huh?
If you know a young budding scientist, he or she might be interested in naming our doomsday asteroid. Check out Name That Asteroid!
In the meantime, I’m off to watch Armageddon and to fight off bunnies set in the year 2182.
Her Science Fiction Romance, Desert Blade is a near-future post-apocalyptic romance from Carina Press. Currently available SFR: Silver Bound, Jaq’s Harp, Braided Silk & Firestorm on E’Terra. MetalMark, coming soon from Lyrical Press.