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…