Along with Ceres and Pluto, there are three other known dwarf planets in the solar system – Haumea, Makemake and Eris
It turned night into day
Internal emails show how NASA scientists totally missed it
The rock is dubbed a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid for its relatively large size and relatively close approaches
Too close for comfort
We will, we will rock a small asteroid - for science!
It is expected to zip by at a distance of about 6.7 million kilometers from Earth
An Earth impact from a space object is extremely rare however asteroids have hit the planet previously and caused significant damage. Just ask the dinosaurs...
“This is not about Hollywood, this is not about movies, this is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life"
During last year's simulation, the group successfully saved Tokyo from a catastrophic impact by launching a nuclear bomb at the asteroid