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Barack Obama is hosting his final party as president tonight as he prepares to leave the White House to make way for Donald Trump.
However, while all the preparations for the star-studded, A-list bash are going on, other stuff is happening behind the scenes inside the world's most famous four walls.
The White House recently published its National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy, which is an emergency plan in case of an apocalyptic disaster.
It's all a bit confusing and packed with buzzwords which will make you want to say 'fuck it' and just head to the Winchester, order a pint and wait for all this to blow over.
NASA announced that a comet will brush past Earth's surface this February, which has prompted the US to sharpen emergency alert systems and pump money into hi-tech space probes that could remove threats, The Sun reports.
The idea is that technology can be improved so that threats can be detected early on and then scientists can alert defence experts. They'll then hope to be able to send probes into space that can calculate the size and weight of an asteroid, sending the data back to Earth and then the best plan of action can be created.
Other than simply running around screaming and worrying for lives, there is also a certain type of warning that should be given to people across the country. According to reports, reactions should be similar to that of a hurricane warning and declare a national emergency across every state.
The US is able to detect asteroids that will affect anywhere on the globe, but, unfortunately, there hasn't been a decision on whether to intercept any that won't land in America.
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