The Asteroid Watch Twitter feed exists to “detect, track and characterize potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that could approach Earth.” And in the event of a government shutdown, the @AsteroidWatch Twitter feed will go dark along with the nation’s Panda Cam.

Is this true, or is it just a last-minute ploy to scare the House GOP into sending a clean continuing resolution to the Senate tonight? No, it’s true.

Now is it time to panic?

The Twitter feed might succumb to the shutdown, but Asteroid Watch will still be watching the skies, right?

Well? Uh oh. They said they wouldn’t respond…

  • Terry_Jim

    Panic-y dumbasses.

    • cmazzJK

      I don’t think you understand the severity of the situation… Haven’t you seen Armageddon?

      • chrissy

        LOL. Asteroid party at my house.

        • cmazzJK

          I’ll bring Steve buscemi

      • Terry_Jim

        Yeah, but as long as we have NASA and the space shuttles…
        oh… crap.
        In all seriousness, if anyone saw one coming, and several others are looking out there, word would get out with or without the fine folks at JPL who’ve gone fishing for a while.

  • Tugger – ✓unᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Okay everybody, I guess were all going to have to wear our helmets when we go outside until this situation is cleared up.

    If you don’t have a helmet make sure you get a DOT approved model (approved before the shutdown, of course)

    Page 387629 paragraph 4 section 2 of the Affordable Care Act says the cost of these anti asteroid helmets will be covered under the Silver plan and above.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    The hardest hit by this news: Aerosmith.

  • JackD

    Does this mean we are also vulnerable to Space Invaders and Centipedes? Maybe we can have Sen Cruz ask Canada to keep an eye out.

  • drw


  • canb0nly1

    Syfy movie: Sharktasteroid

  • Cy

    So, since essential services still run during a government shutdown, we should immediately defund everything that isn’t still running.

  • Voting Female

    This is got to be one of the funnest episodes yet! Asteroid Watch Is Non-Essential!
    Sell Their Cheap Chinese Made Binoculars To Fund The Government!

  • waltermitty2012

    Without AsteroidWatch, the bandwidth on Twitter just increased by an astronomically tiny amount.

  • Beth Larsen

    Damn, time to move into the underground bunker… whatever will we do without tweets about asteroids?

    • Tugger – ✓unᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Don’t forget the Twinkies.

  • kawaie

    don’t worry guys I got this *drinks rum goes outside with binoculars*

  • Terry_Jim
  • Renny

    Oh, just…hilarious. Thank you, Twitchy.

  • Maxx

    Sorry to be the protective planetary party pooper here but the most dangerous thing to your way of life ain’t 99942 Apophis, it’s 2013 Obama.

  • Markward

    As long as we have Bruce Willis, the earth is safe.

  • Bruce

    What if aliens try sneaking into the atmosphere by way of some sort of Trojan asteroid? Oh, yeah, I forgot: once they’re fined for not joining the exchanges, they’ll be outta here.

  • brewerandpatriot

    Putin can see asteroids entering Earth’s gravitational field and shoot them down with his bear-hunting rifle.

  • MSM

    And if they did spot a planet-killer astroid? What would they do?

    • Jeff Coil

      Tell us to kiss our collective rear ends goodbye?

  • Marvin Nelson

    Oh my God, here comes the asteroid named “ObummerCare”! We are all DEAD!!

  • al hunt

    so the only way we will know if an asteroid is going to hit us, is by twitter?