For the first time, scientists could have the knowledge to prevent a natural disaster epic in scale - an asteroid hitting the Earth - and in this exciting, adventuresome book, Carrie Nugent explains how.
What are asteroids, and where do they come from? And, most urgently, are they going to hit the Earth? What would happen if one was on its way?
Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter - part of a group of scientists working to map our cosmic neighborhood. For the first time ever, we are reaching the point where we may be able to prevent the horrible natural disaster that would result from an asteroid collision.
In Asteroid Hunters, Nugent reveals what known impact asteroids have had: the extinction of the dinosaurs, the earth-sized hole Shoemaker Levy 9 left in Jupiter just a few decades ago, how the meteorite that burst over Chelyabinsk in Russia could have started a war, and unlucky Ms. Anne Hodges - the only person (that we know of) in US history to be the victim of a direct hit. Nugent also introduces the telescope she uses to detect near-Earth asteroids. Ultimately, detection is the key to preventing asteroid impact, and these specialized scientists are working to prevent the unthinkable from happening.
If successful, asteroid hunting will lead to the first natural disaster humans have the know-how and the technology to prevent. The successful hunt and mapping of asteroids could mean nothing less than saving life on Earth.
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- Aaron David
fascinating, informative, entertaining!
Asteroid Hunters ranks VERY HIGHLY among the hundreds of books in my Audible library.
It's nonfiction, and not exactly character driven. However the Author quotes some Italian and German scientists from the early 1800's. Dr. Nugent manages to highlight their colorful personalities and they are voiced with some humorous accents. The culmination of the book involves an interview with Dr. Lindley who is the "Director of Planetary Defense." There is a joke about his very cool job title being originally held by Sean Connery as a character in the 1970's movie "Meteor." The joke is furthered by a voice actor who uses a Connery inspired Scottish accent. Hilarious!
Dr. Nugent's voice, as a writer and reader, is dripping with sincerity. The language and delivery are clear, thoughtful, and generous to the reader and audience. She takes a highly technical subject and makes it accessible to a broad audience without ever talking down to her audience. This book can be enjoyed at any age and form any educational background. Really, the only group of people who might not learn something interesting are probably asteroid scientists themselves, but I imagine they will still enjoy the book as it will give them an opportunity to read about their friends and colleagues:)
WE MUST FIND THE ASTEROIDS BEFORE THEY FIND EARTH!
This book is shorter than I typically prefer, but rarely have I had such a pleasant experience as a listener. I would recommend this book to anyone curious about the world and its place in our solar system.
- Steven Wechsler