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Near Miss Day

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Near Miss Day

When : Always March 23rd

Near Miss Day commemorates the day a huge Asteroid nearly missed hitting the earth.

On March 23, 1989, an asteroid the size of a mountain, came within 500,000 miles of a collision with Earth. In interstellar terms, it was a near miss. Had it collided with the Earth, it would have left a devastating crater the size of Washington, D.C. It's affect on the planet would have been catastrophic. Since then, there have been other near misses.


Near misses with large, potentially life threatening galactic objects happens on an infrequent basis. It is believed a large asteroid collided with the earth and caused the extinction of dinosaurs. Scientists believe it is only a matter of time before another catastrophic collision with Earth. But, don't worry. The odds are it will not happen for a long, long time.

Other Asteroid Near Misses:
2003 SQ222 - Approximately 10 meters in diameter, came within 54,700 miles of earth on September 27, 2003.
Asteroid 2002 EM7 - Approximately, 70 meters long, this rock came within 288,000 miles in March, 2002.

More Information:
Close Approaches - from NASA

This Day in History March 23
Patrick Henry delivers his speech "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. (1775)
After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their "Corps of Discovery" begin their arduous journey home. (1806)
Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City. (1857)
The First Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, marks the start of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign. Though a Confederate defeat, the engagement distracts Federal efforts to capture Richmond. (1862)
The University of California is founded in Oakland, California when the Organic Act is signed into law. (1868)
In England, The Football League, the world's oldest professional Association Football league, meets for the first time. (1888)
Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa. The trip is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society. (1909)
The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany. (1933)
Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan) (1956)
NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, is launched as a showcase for Dwight D. Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace initiative. (1962)
NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young). (1965)
Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announce their discovery of cold fusion at the University of Utah. (1989)
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