Asteroid Hunters

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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.


  • AsteroidHunters 01 Open

    Duration: 34s
  • AsteroidHunters 02 Dedication

    Duration: 07s
  • AsteroidHunters 03 Chapter01

    Duration: 13min
  • AsteroidHunters 04 Chapter02

    Duration: 15min
  • AsteroidHunters 05 Chapter03

    Duration: 15min
  • AsteroidHunters 06 Chapter04

    Duration: 15min
  • AsteroidHunters 07 Chapter05

    Duration: 17min
  • AsteroidHunters 08 Chapter06

    Duration: 18min
  • AsteroidHunters 09 Chapter07

    Duration: 12min
  • AsteroidHunters 10 Chapter08

    Duration: 19min
  • AsteroidHunters 11 Epilogue

    Duration: 02min
  • AsteroidHunters 12 Acknowledgments

    Duration: 58s
  • AsteroidHunters 13 Credits

    Duration: 01min