While we were all watching TV or walking our pets or getting into vicious political arguments with friends and relatives around our dinner tables this past Sunday, a massive asteroid grazed our planet - if you consider "grazing" as passing by about 119,500 miles away, which you really, really should because it's half the distance between us and the moon - and nobody knew about it.
The asteroid, known as 2018 GE3 (or, as I like to call it, The DoOOOoooM) was undetected until it passed by us. According to Livescience, while we laymen tend to think that our scientists have a clear view of everything that goes on in our immediate solar system, the truth is that space is vast and most asteroids are made of rock that do not reflect light very well. In other words, you have to be looking at exactly the right place at exactly the right time in order to see it.
So how much damage would it have done? Well, the asteroid was the size of a FIFA soccer stadium and a similar sized asteroid has once exploded in a Russian forest during the Tunguska incident. No one was killed, but all the trees in a 124 mile radius. So imagine the devastation if it hit your town.
Might be a good idea to read up a little bit on our country's Planetary Defense system. And make sure you keep watching the skies.