Everyday we face an existential threat to our planet from outer space! Asteroids can hit the planet at any moment and ruin our days. To help us prepare for such an event NASA (and other space agencies) are searching for and tracking asteroids. By knowing where they are we can potentially deflect an asteroid to not hit the Earth. Now you can help in this process using your computer at home.
The computer programÂ was created throughÂ NASAâ€™s Asteroid Data Hunter challenge, itself a part of the space administrationâ€™s largerÂ Asteroid Grand Challenge,Â and wasÂ done in partnership with the Redmond, Washington-based Planetary Resources Inc.Â TheÂ contest, explains a NASAÂ release, was launched at last yearâ€™s South By Southwest conference, toÂ develop more sophisticatedÂ means of detecting and identifying asteroids by way of land-based telescopes.