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Publisher Description

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.

Science & Nature
March 14
Simon & Schuster/ TED

Customer Reviews

I am WJC ,

Really great!

I liked the audiobook so much I got the ebook because I heard how good the illustrations were. It's an easy and fun read.

FrodoThe Frog ,

What a great book!

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much. I had no idea there was so much squabbling over the first asteroid discovered - it really made me laugh. I always thought it was a good idea to keep a look out for asteroids, but now I understand why it's really important. And I had such a good time in the process.

Meg314159 ,

Wonderful! Funny and fascinating!

I really loved this book. It has such interesting stories about the asteroid hunters. The tale of the history of the discovery of the first asteroid is hilarious. Yes, it's a science book, but so easy to read and understand that you just want to know what comes next.