An asteroid was expected to make a very close pass with Earth today and fortunately for everyone that was the entire extent of the ordeal. Originally there was speculation that the asteroid’s path may have been curving just enough that it would actually make an impact on Earth but fortunately such a disaster was avoided today.
The asteroid was all over the news around the world as a worldwide fear that impact might be coming spread; fortunately the original calculations were in fact correct. The large asteroid passed by Earth in a boomerang like orbit with just 7000 miles between it and Earth.
As always the near miss brought up some serious debates among emergency response teams; and in the end this is perhaps the greatest benefit of the entire scare. Creating some sort of emergency response plan is always the first plan of action so that is exactly what many national teams did in countries all over the world.
Fortunately there is not another predicted near Earth asteroid pass for the next 19 years so it will be quite some time before another possible scare spreads among the news media. As for now researchers will continue tracking the asteroid that just missed Earth while also constantly keeping track of other potential asteroids that could come close to Earth. Fortunately for everyone today’s possible collision was avoided simply due to the sheer coincidence of where the asteroid passed; if an actual impact had occured it is unknown what would have possibly happened after the impact.