Would scientists tell us about a looming apocalypse?

  • NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller fields one question with a heavy heart: If scientists knew there was a catastrophic asteroid heading towards Earth, would they tell us?
  • What about aliens? Is NASA hiding aliens from the public? Are they “in” on conspiracy theories? Scientists are, on the contrary, eager to communicate their findings to the media and the public, says Thaller.
  • “To me it speaks to the separation that somehow scientists are this monolithic inhuman group; that we could hide things, that we would want to,” says Thaller. No single telescope owns the sky. If there’s a doomsday asteroid coming, scientists all over the world are going to let the world know about it.

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