This video the giant asteroid 4179 Toutatis tumbling through space on its flyby of Earth earlier this week.
It was taken Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 12 and 13) by NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. It passed withing about 4.3 million miles of Earth. That is about 18 times farther away than is the moon.
It isn’t a threat to the earth and it won’t be for at least a few hundred years. If it did strike the earth, however, the effects would be substantial.
[T]he Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass., lists Toutatis as a potentially hazardous object, meaning that it could pose a risk to Earth at some point in the future.
Toutatis would cause catastrophic damage if it ever did slam into Earth, potentially extinguishing humanity and many other species. In general, scientists think a strike by anything at least 0.6 miles (1 km) wide could have global consequences, most likely by altering the world’s climate for many years to come.
In other words, that is a video of the face of a mass killer.Share