Ever since I interviewed members of the Alvarez team (who developed the asteroid impact theory of the great Cretaceous/Tertiary extinction) and Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker (of the 1994 “Great Comet Crash” fame) for a 1997 young adult book called To the Young Scientist, I’ve been following news of comet and asteroid impact events closely.
I haven’t lost any sleep over the possibility of a collision with the Earth orbit-crossing asteroid Apophis, but it certainly couldn’t be ruled out in my lifetime (though I’d be quite old by 2036).
Here’s a NASA news release with good news about that asteroid. Note that superstitious people might have been worried at one time about an impact on a certain Friday the thirteenth in 2029.
Following the release are specific links to a few of my books for children and teens.