Asteroid Hunters

By Carrie Nugent
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2.22 Hours 03/14/2017 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781508233077

For the first time, scientists could have the knowledge to prevent a natural disaster epic in scale—an asteroid hitting the earth—and in this exciting, adventuresome book, Carrie Nugent explains how. What are asteroids, and where do they come from? And, most urgently: Are they going to hit the Earth? What would happen if one was on its way? Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter, part of a group of scientists working to map our cosmic neighborhood. For the first time ever, we are reaching the point where we may be able to prevent the horrible natural disaster that would result from an asteroid collision. In Asteroid Hunters, Nugent reveals what known impact asteroids have had: the extinction of the dinosaurs, the earth-sized hole Shoemaker Levy 9 left in Jupiter just a few decades ago, how the meteorite that bursted over Chelyabinsk in Russia could have started a war, and unlucky Ms. Anne Hodges—the only person (that we know of) in US history to be the victim of a direct hit. Nugent also introduces the telescope she uses to detect near-Earth asteroids. Ultimately, detection is the key to preventing asteroid impact, and these specialized scientists are working to prevent the unthinkable from happening. If successful, asteroid hunting will lead to the first natural disaster humans have the know-how and the technology to prevent. The successful hunt and mapping of asteroids could mean nothing less than saving life on earth.

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Summary

Summary

For the first time, scientists could have the knowledge to prevent a natural disaster epic in scale—an asteroid hitting the earth—and in this exciting, adventuresome book, Carrie Nugent explains how.

What are asteroids, and where do they come from? And, most urgently: Are they going to hit the Earth? What would happen if one was on its way? Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter, part of a group of scientists working to map our cosmic neighborhood. For the first time ever, we are reaching the point where we may be able to prevent the horrible natural disaster that would result from an asteroid collision.

In Asteroid Hunters, Nugent reveals what known impact asteroids have had: the extinction of the dinosaurs, the earth-sized hole Shoemaker Levy 9 left in Jupiter just a few decades ago, how the meteorite that bursted over Chelyabinsk in Russia could have started a war, and unlucky Ms. Anne Hodges—the only person (that we know of) in US history to be the victim of a direct hit. Nugent also introduces the telescope she uses to detect near-Earth asteroids. Ultimately, detection is the key to preventing asteroid impact, and these specialized scientists are working to prevent the unthinkable from happening.

If successful, asteroid hunting will lead to the first natural disaster humans have the know-how and the technology to prevent. The successful hunt and mapping of asteroids could mean nothing less than saving life on earth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There are millions of uncharted objects in the solar system left to be catalogued, and apparently we’d better make sure they’re all accounted for. Some may be headed for Earth. With an encyclopedic knowledge of our ‘cosmic neighborhood’ and infectious enthusiasm, NASA/JPL space physicist Carrie Nugent takes listeners on a grand search for the many and varied asteroids in near space. She begins with a little history lesson that includes the big one responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs sixty-five-million years ago and the huge one that left a planet-sized hole in Jupiter’s atmosphere in 1994. But it’s the little ten-foot-wide asteroids that now and then skim by Earth that make Nugent’s voice rise with excitement. Fascinating, fun, and informative.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Carrie Nugent

Dr. Carrie Nugent is a scientist involved in discovering and finding asteroids. She works on NASA’s NEOWISE mission, which uses a space-based infrared telescope to discover, track, and characterize asteroids. She is a 2016 TED fellow and hosts and produces Spacepod, a podcast about space exploration. She has an asteroid named after her: 8801 Nugent.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 2.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English