CNN correspondent Tom Foreman said on a segment this past Friday that the shutdown of ‘non-essential’ government functions pretty much left the United States as well as the rest of the planet to potentially be struck by asteroids. But then again, when isn’t CNN trying to scare the world?

According to the CNN reporter, one of the things shutdown was the NASA asteroid detection system. Foreman also made claims that the last time the government shut down for 2 weeks that the planet was left open to be possibly bombarded by things coming from outer space. While it is not unlikely that the monitoring system was shutdown it is NOT likely that we will be hit by an asteroid which is what CNN is implying.

Foreman said as follows:

“Congress funds much of the scientific research done in this country. In 2013, that meant some experiments went on hold in 2013 and suffered costly losses of data. In space same year, for more than two weeks, NASA reportedly stopped monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids. A big one, by the way, is expected to brush by Earth on February 4th.”

Now, while there is a big asteroid set to pass Earth on February 4th, it is not going to be ‘brushing’ by is at all. According to, this asteroid will be at the very least 2.6 million miles away. reported that NASA representatives have stated there is ZERO chance of this asteroid colliding with our planet now or even up to 100 years from now.

They also as it seems ignored the fact that the European Space Agency has its own asteroid monitoring system called Space Situational Awareness that is of course currently being used. If something was headed our way, we would know. No one is going to be hit by a dozen asteroids out of the blue.

To hear the report I am going over feel free to check out the video below. While the government shutdown is as huge issue and is terrifying all on its own, asteroids are the last thing we should be concerned with right now. What do you think about all of this?

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