Bill Nye Explains How To Stop a Killer Asteroid!
I’ve always enjoyed Bill Nye, the Science Guy. He makes science fun and funny, so you learn while you laugh.
You may have heard about how dinosaurs were most likely wiped out by a giant asteroid 65 million years ago. While that made room for mammals to dominate Earth, we certainly don’t want the same thing to happen to us!
In the video, Bill Nye—in his usual nutty style and with the help of simple animations—takes us on a journey through space and explains:
- What happens when different-sized asteroids encounter Earth
- What kind of asteroid detectors we need to give us advance warning
- How little a change it would take to move a killer asteroid off course to avoid a collision
- A variety of ideas on how to make that “little change” happen
Watch the video to learn all about it:
- NASA has a great resource that features current missions exploring asteroids and tracking near-Earth objects.
- The Killer Asteroids Project has a tool to see what might happen if an asteroid hit nearby. It also has a game comparing the risks of a killer asteroid to other health risks.
So, while we have great ideas to stop an asteroid, we need more kids to study this important topic, get into the field, and be part of the generation that prevents a killer asteroid!
Michael Solow has worked as a teacher, journalist, and commercial writer/creative director. Michael has also taught high school English and junior high math, gaining his teaching certification from Vassar College and a master's degree in the teaching of writing and literature from George Mason University. His writing has been published in the New York Times, the San Francisco Review of Books, TheMorningNews.org, and the Hemingway Review. He is the proud dad of two grown daughters and the happy husband of an elementary school librarian.