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Asteroid Hunters

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  49 reviews
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 hunt
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Simon Schuster/ TED
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Manuel Antão
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Space-Based Radar: "Asteroid Hunters" by Carrie Nugent

Me: “Is that a bijou two-up two-down, or is it a mansion in the country..??”

Nugent: “No. It's superman (..again!)”

Me: *bored*

Me: “An asteroid of that size could easily be deflected using the butterfly effect. Everybody whose on the side of the Earth which is closest to the asteroid, are given the correct direction and in unison they blow as hard as they can for a few moments., of co
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, this book isn’t similar to Armageddon or Deep Impact (although after finishing it I did spend the afternoon watching those films back-to-back; I prefer Deep Impact if only for the better science). So just to clarify, there are no inspiring presidential addresses about the power of hope, or giant tidal waves, or questionable scenes involving animal crackers.

Instead, this gives a detailed but accessible overview of the job of an asteroid hunter, the chances of an asteroid hitting eart
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Asteroids have been making quite a bit of news lately (NASA stated just yesterday - 23 Sept - that they will be prioritizing asteroid detection) so I wanted to read up more on these celestial rocks this #ScienceSeptember.

Astrophysicist and Senior TED Fellow Carrie Nugent communicated this very well in her 2017 TED book ASTEROID HUNTERS.

I listened to the #audiobook 🎧 over the weekend and it sent me down an internet trajectory learning more about asteroids and planetary collisions.

Asteroid Hunters
Abhijeet Jain
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astronomy
One of the fascinating books I read this year. It covers everything, from "origins of asteroid" to "how can we save earth from a devastating collision". Carrie explained how asteroid hunters actually work, various kinds of technology being used to find them and most importantly she revealed things in chronological order, from "how we used to find an asteroid in the past" to "how we find them today".
I loved that she explained working of NEOWISE telescope in such an elegant manner!


I feel fortu
Angus McKeogh
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty good, and I’ve watched some TED talks so I was making comparisons based on that, but this book seemed a little basic and maybe not as exciting as I was anticipating. The topic seemed like it would be super interesting and filled with suspense but overall came across like a funding lecture.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life, non-fiction
The thing is the book attracted me because I love "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact"so what exactly is an Asteroid hunter. Yeah even Tornado-hunter came to mind. But I digress.
Carrie Nugent has a short book described exactly what an Asteroid Hunter is and believe me we all should care and assist.
She also puts us mostly up-to-date on what is happening in the world of Asteroid discoveries and some facts that are still hard to believe.
Yes, the book is short, but you'll find yourself stopping grabbing
Tnahsin Garg
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
“A 100- to 200-meter object hitting us in the wrong place would be a disaster of greater scale than we've ever seen in the historical record.”

Once in a while, when you're browsing the non-fiction section of your local library, you come across a gem that is actually a good read. This is that book.

Written by an actual asteroid hunter, Dr. Nugent gives a very layman-friendly overview of the process by which asteroids are mapped by astronomers and how their significance has evolved over the de
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like learning about space then you'll love this book! It was a quick 3 hours and the author did a great job of explaining the science of asteroids! Her excitement was also a little contagious. Well written and I think kids from 12 and up through adults would enjoy it. I did! ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Asteroid Hunters by Carrie Nugent is a highly recommended quick look at asteroids. This is the published version of a TED talk that would be a good choice for anyone interested in learning more about asteroids, from as young as age 10 to adult. This book could be the foundational inspiration for future asteroid hunters/researchers.
Nugent provides her information about asteroids in accessible easy to comprehend language. She covers what they are and where they come from, but also the bigger quest
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A breezy and accessible reminder of how awe inspiring science and the universe are.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was a nice introductory text on how we collaborate internationally to find and identify asteroids. Super readable for non-science folks. :D
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic overview of asteroid hunting! There was never a dry moment in this book - a nice, quick, entertaining read. Carrie Nugent also works on the NEOWISE team, so bonus points to her!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short book that give you a brief insight into the world of Asteroid Hunters. It's not overly technical and can easily be digested in an after (or three in my case). ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great short book (and even better audiobook) about asteroids, the search for asteroids and people searching, and the mitigation of the potential existential risk of a large asteroid hitting Earth.

The author, Dr Carrie Nugent, is pretty famous (especially for a scientist) through TED Talks, a great podcast (Spacepod), and other science outreach. Her day job is working on the NEO-WISE mission, one of the top space based survey tools to find asteroids, but unlike many scientists, she is
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Nugent's voice, as a writer, 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 en ...more
Wilde Sky
This book describes the work of the teams of people that hunt for asteroids that are close to Earth.

The author is obviously super keen on her subject and there were some extremely interesting parts of this book (for instance I learnt the difference between a comet and an asteroid) but the flow of the book was a bit muddled and it could have been more in depth.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, nature
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5

There were three main reasons I wanted to read this book. 1) Simple curiosity over what sort of work an asteroid hunter does 2) the fact that this is connected with the TedTalks series, and 3) my son is studying to be an astrophysicist and I'm curious about what sort of jobs he might be looking at in the not-too-distant future.

So, what is an asteroid hunter? It is someone who is studying and mapping space in our solar sys
Costin Manda
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Part of the TED Books series, Asteroid Hunters is a tiny booklet, with few ideas other than those expressed in Carrie Nugent's TED talk: Adventures of an Asteroid Hunter. They even repeat. It feels like someone wrote a blog post and was in the mood to write and then they thought to make it a book, but without adding more material to the original post.

Nugent presents the job of asteroid hunter, which makes it technologically feasible to detect potentially dangerous asteroids years before they hav
Aleksandar Ovnarski
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got the audiobook version of this very interesting and fascinating introduction into the "scary space rocks that sometimes" (surprisingly often) fall from the sky. I've always assumed that I'd pick up all there is to know about asteroids just from reading science fiction, but I was quite wrong, and this is one excellent read that will fill in the blanks in your understanding of space rocks. I loved the story woven around the science, because the book does this rare trick where it effectively b ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Catch the excitement and impact of science

I love this book. It tells the story of an international community of astronomers and astrophysicists who look for and track asteroids with near-Earth orbits. But that story has so many different angles and side stories: from the first discovery of an asteroid and new mathematics that had to be invented to understand its orbit, to combing the deserts of Sudan to find remnants of a recent impact. This book captures the excitement of being a working scient
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This book was a fun overview of the science and history of asteroid detection, a quick read that covers a lot of interesting topics. And yes, when I think of asteroids I invariably think of Empire Strikes Back and Deep Impact (both of which get referenced in this book) - there's a thrill level associated with asteroids in those movies that makes them particularly memorable. Maybe it's just the nerd in me, but I found the actual information about asteroid hunting to be seriously cool as well, mos ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think the title of the book is really makes the statement about what this book is all about. If you want to learn about, how scientists are working on asteroids, this is almost like an introduction to the field.

What I love about it the most is the language she uses, the examples she gives and making sure any curious mind whiteout any background in astronomy can benefit from the book. I would highly suggest checking her podcast channel to listen to more awesome work by various scientists. Than
Ogi Ogas
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
My ratings of books on Goodreads are solely a crude ranking of their utility to me, and not an evaluation of literary merit, entertainment value, social importance, humor, insightfulness, scientific accuracy, creative vigor, suspensefulness of plot, depth of characters, vitality of theme, excitement of climax, satisfaction of ending, or any other combination of dimensions of value which we are expected to boil down through some fabulous alchemy into a single digit.
Tom Dixon
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 5 star book. An interesting subject presented in an approachable and understandable manner. The case for why the asteroid hunt is important, the history of the hunt, the current status and techniques of the hunt, and what's next were all laid out in an easy to follow but detailed format. This was a fun read. It it was easy to feel the author's personality and her passion for the subject. ...more
This was a short and readable book, interesting and very introductory. I enjoyed the length, but at the same time, I wanted more from the book, so I guess I'm the one with the problem for wanting to have my cake & eat it too. ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tldr
The TED Talk that goes with this was the appetizer - the book is the main course - no added frills makes this a solid read with many take-aways. Never Look At The Sun.
Joseph Busa
I'd have liked more detail about what these people do. But it was well written and made me feel glad that people like Ms Nugent do what she does for a living. ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a nice, little book about asteroids and how astronomers work to map millions of asteroids in our solar system, and why it matters.
I quick look at asteroids and how they are studied. The history of the field of asteroid hunting interested me the most, as well as how radio and infrared astronomy are involved.
Matt Milosevich
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super easy to read and very informative ! Makes me want to be an asteroid hunter !!!
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