Scientists warn that there might be a danger lurking in outer space. A researcher at Queen’s University in Belfast warns that another asteroid might hit Earth, which would a reenactment of the Tunguska incident from 1908.
Danger Lurking in Space – Another Asteroid Might Hit Earth
On June 30th, it is Asteroid Day, which is a celebration of space, astronomy, and asteroids. And Alan Fitzsimmons along fellow colleagues will use this day to draw attention to the Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and their potential strike of the planet. Alan Fitzsimmons is an astronomer at the QUB Astrophysics Research Centre. He has performed various studies and monitoring of asteroids. And his latest announcement warns that another asteroid might hit Earth in the future.
He said that astronomers find NEOs all the time, and most of them are harmless and go unnoticed. However, he said that:
“(…) although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them”.
The warning comes after researchers have found, in May, that the Taurid meteor stream could send a 1000-feet long asteroid crashing into Earth. The current danger that scientists are afraid of is that the potential impact could devastate the planet, even if it would not hit the Earth and explode into mid-air.
NEOs hit the Earth every year, and although they’re small enough not to create any damage they can still create malfunctions in electric and systems, affecting the electromagnetic network in the respective area of impact.
And the given possibility of another asteroid hitting the Earth has made scientists to try and figure out a way of deflecting such NEOs as to not create any type of casualty.
The last NEO to have hit the Earth was a 10-ton heavy asteroid that exploded above the Ural Mountains. The explosion of the asteroid had the force of an atom bomb, and more than a 1,000 people were injured by the subsequent shockwave.
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