Why a Google Alert for the term asteroid is a bad idea

Another near-miss coming very soon

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The Internet has given us many great things - cat videos, bacon memes and Google Doodle games, but it also has a tendency to give us news that could potentially terrify us.

For example, take this latest video from the folks at LiveScience (and VideoFromSpace via Space.com), which details the tracking of Asteroid 2013 LR6, which will make it's close approach to the Earth (approximately 68,350 miles from the planet) sometime later today (at about 5:30 p.m. Eastern time,I think, time zone data is a little sketchy).

Anyway, if we have only a few hours left (I'm pretty sure we're OK, although I'm a bit worried that NASA hasn't produced any videos yet), it's been nice knowing you all.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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