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TOP Scientists WARN that an Asteroid Strike is Just a Matter of Time

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A leading astrophysicist from Queen’s University Belfast has warned that an asteroid strike is just a matter of time.

 

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from the University’s Astrophysics Research Centre has said it is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen.

Joined by scientist Brian Cox and astronauts such as Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and astronaut Nicole Stott, Professor Fitzsimmons is highlighting the threat for Asteroid Day, a global event next Friday (30 June).

 

On that day in 1908, a small asteroid exploded over Tunguska in Siberia and devastated 800 square miles. Professor Fitzsimmons is warning that a similar unexpected strike in today’s world could easily destroy a major city and a larger asteroid could be more dangerous.

Professor Fitzsimmons commented: “It is important to know that scientists and engineers have made great strides in detecting Near-Earth Asteroids and understanding the threat posed by them. 

Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there are many more waiting to be found.

“Astronomers find Near-Earth Asteroids every day and most are harmless. But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them.”

Phys.org
Read more here: https://phys.org/news/2017-06-queen-university-scientist-asteroid-danger.html

Provided by: Queen’s University Belfast
http://www.qub.ac.uk/Connect/News/Allnews/QueensUniversityscientistwarnsofasteroiddanger.html

Asteroid day organization
https://asteroidday.org/live/

 

Czech scientists see growing risk of asteroid hitting Earth
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-czech-scientists-asteroid-earth.html

NASA discovers TEN ‘potentially hazardous’ rocks close to Earth
http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/815697/ASTEROID-WARNING-NASA-discovers-potentially-hazardous

Clips, images credit: ESO, ESA/HUBBLE, Alan Fitzsimmons, Queen’s University Belfast & NASA/NEOWISE

 

 



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    • Boo

      Crap shoots like Asteroids are interesting to contemplate, and it may be possible to divert one with todays technology. Should we develop it … wouldn’t hurt.

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