Asteroid alerts come to Twitter: advanced notice of human extinction now a tweet away

NASA has launched a new Twitter account that gives followers a heads up if an asteroid is about to end life on earth as we know it.

The @AsteroidAlert account provides data about near earth objects found by the NASA/ JPL asteroid watch program, and as well as doomsday tracking offers data for use by amateur astronomers.

“Most people have a fascination with near-Earth objects,” said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at JP said in a media relase. “And I have to agree with them. I have studied them for over three decades and I find them to be scientifically fascinating, and a few are potentially hazardous to Earth. The goal of our Web site is to provide the public with the most up-to-date and accurate information on these intriguing objects.”

The Twitter account has been launched alongside a new Asteroid Watch website and desktop widget, “giving the public an unprecedented look at what’s going on in near-Earth space.”