These are the asteroids to worry about

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Stephen Hawking thought an asteroid impact posed the greatest threat to life on Earth. Thanks to Kiwico for sponsoring this video. For 50% off your first month of any crate, go to
For other potential world ending catastrophes, check out Domain of Science:
Special thanks to:
Prof. Dave Jewitt from UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
Prof. Mark Boslough from Sandia National Labs
Scott Manley:
Ryan Wyatt at Morrison Planetarium
Prof. Amy Mainzer
Alexandr Ivanov for the opening shot of Chelyabinsk Meteor
Maps of Asteroid Impacts
Time passing animation from Universe Sandbox -
Opposition Effect -
Belskaya, I. N., & Shevchenko, V. G. (2000). Opposition effect of asteroids. Icarus, 147(1), 94-105.
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids -
Perna, D., Barucci, M. A., & Fulchignoni, M. (2013). The near-Earth objects and their potential threat to our planet. The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, 21(1), 65.
Survey of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids -
Population Vulnerability -
Rumpf, C. M., Lewis, H. G., & Atkinson, P. M. (2017). Population vulnerability models for asteroid impact risk assessment. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52(6), 1082-1102.
Size distribution of NEOs -
Trilling, D. E., Valdes, F., Allen, L., James, D., Fuentes, C., Herrera, D., ... & Rajagopal, J. (2017). The size distribution of near-earth objects larger than 10 m. The Astronomical Journal, 154(4), 170.
2020 NEOWISE Data Release -
National Research Council Report-
Board, S. S., & National Research Council. (2010). Defending planet earth: Near-Earth-Object surveys and hazard mitigation strategies. National Academies Press.
Tug Boat -
Schweickart, R. L., Lu, E. T., Hut, P., & Chapman, C. R. (2003). The asteroid tugboat. Scientific American, 289(5), 54-61.
Gravity Tractor 1 -
Lu, E. T., & Love, S. G. (2005). Gravitational tractor for towing asteroids. Nature, 438(7065), 177-178.
Laser Ablation -
Thiry, N., & Vasile, M. (2014). Recent advances in laser ablation modelling for asteroid deflection methods. SPIE Optical Engineering+ Applications, 922608-922608.
Yarakovsky Effect -
DART Mission -
Nuclear 1 -
Ahrens, T. J., & Harris, A. W. (1992). Deflection and fragmentation of near-Earth asteroids. Nature, 360(6403), 429-433.
Nuclear 2 -
Bradley, P. A., Plesko, C. S., Clement, R. R., Conlon, L. M., Weaver, R. P., Guzik, J. A., ... & Huebner, W. F. (2010, January). Challenges of deflecting an asteroid or comet nucleus with a nuclear burst. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1208, No. 1, pp. 430-437). American Institute of Physics.
Researched and Written by Petr Lebedev, Jonny Hyman and Derek Muller
3D animations, VFX, SFX, Audio Mixing by Jonny Hyman
2D animation by Ivàn Tello
Intro animation by Nicolas Pratt
With Filming by Raquel Nuno
Music from "Stellar Dance" "Orbit" "That Notebook" "What We Discovered" "Out of Poppies" "Handwriting"
Images and video supplied by Getty Images

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  • What if we send a bomb like something near it and when it blows up and push’s it out of impact

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  • Out of my control, I can't be bother to worry about it. I'll just be hopeful that science will find a way to minimize the destruction and give us warning enough to save as many lives as possible. I feel in world ending events, we could find a way to survive. When I say "we" I mean humans in some kind of form. Though life from then on would be apocalyptic. No more countries or world conflict. Technology would fall back 1 of 2 hundred years. That would be the least of the worries, but still I think we would some form...

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  • Image if asteroids were actually *spaces, kidneys*

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  • I like how he's chill about knowing we could all get cooked alive in any minute.

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  • Why don't people evacuate by foot ? a week is enough to get far from the blast by foot. Also bikes, and smaller transportation.

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    • So where do you go then? Absorbing hundreds of thousands of new homeless and mostly jobless people is far from easy for the surrounding area.

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  • We deserve an asteroid strike anyway.... Humans are terrible!

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  • Every one is scared after watching this video but a good way to survive an astroid blast and explosion is to get down on the ground you put your face against the ground in your hands against your head it actually works.👍👍

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  • we can save from a 1 km asteroid impacting it with 4 tsar bombs and then using impacting rockets to retrieve all the most big part preventing colision of the most big one fragment and then using the most powerful laser to desintegrate last rest but this need preparation and i dont really know if thi can be possible , just imaginating

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  • NASA when a five foot big asteroid gets within a 50 million mile range of Earth: *sweats nervously*

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  • Poor Dinosaurs. They must have been so scared :-(

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  • 16:28 But what if you ask Saitama?..

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  • "Any astroid approaching from the direction of the sun just can't be seen" Marco Inaros: Write that down! Write that down!

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    • Nice to see some The Expanse here :D Was thinking about it while watching

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  • We should take the city and push it somewhere else!

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  • Thank you! Another gerat piece! You`re the best!

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  • This video isn’t the video to watch when your high, I’m tweaking

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  • I Am Not Afraid Of Death, If I See An Asteroid Coming I Will Pick My Booty And Dance

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  • What if when the atroides are on the way to earth what about adding weight on one side then maybe it will change its center of gravity and maybe change its course

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  • Just give me more fricking anxiety, not like i have a lot during these times

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  • When I was like, 11 or 12 or so, I had been obsessed with the the world being destroyed by a asteroid impact. Now, I don’t care anymore, I learned that there isn’t anything you could do, but the chances are so, so very low. So don’t freak out. It will not hit, you won’t die! Now go eat some pizza rolls, and have a conversation with someone, your ok. :)

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  • If you nuke a asteroid into small enough pieces, wouldn't it increase the surface area and cause it to burn up in the atmosphere more quickly?

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  • This man is so full of s*** on so many issues. He thinks that because we know some of the near Earth objects that we can calculate for the ones that are outside of the system? He has no idea what he's talking about. There is no way to track asteroids outside of our system at all. There could be an incredibly large asteroid headed our way for an inevitable strike in a straight shot after being slung around planets and stars. It is not unfeasible for an asteroid to be traveling near the speed of light. And if it was coming straight at us we would never really know till it was too late. Funny part is the Bible predicts many asteroids falling in the future and some of these enable specific events to occur.

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  • He's also neglecting the fact that it flash fried megatons of water causing enormous amounts of water vapor to accumulate in a cumulonimbus clouds.

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  • When that asteroid hit it rained for 40 days and 40 nights and blotted out the Sun for at least that long causing hyper cooling at the poles that continued cooling toward the equator. In other words it caused the ice age that occurred after the global flood that Noah lived through.

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  • Dynamical chaos just means you can't calculate it. But you could if you saw more and had better computers. Unfortunately there are so many objects working in the universe that it is inevitable that asteroids will hit this planet. It is 100% inevitable.

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  • Btw there is a giant meator rolling toward earth right now and it's bigger than the big one you showed on screenso we have 30 more years to live

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