This ‘Earth Destroyer’ Asteroid Could Kill You First
- As if the coronavirus plague isn’t terrifying sufficient, the Earth will cross paths with a planet-destroying asteroid this Saturday.
- It’s bigger than the tallest constructing on Earth, and large enough to set off a serious impression occasion, nuclear winter, and mass extinctions.
- NASA has formally labeled the planet killer as a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid” (PHA). It will miss by simply zero.038 astronomical items.
In a current ballot, a majority of New Hampshire Democrats mentioned they’d somewhat a meteor extinguish all human life on Earth than Donald Trump win reelection. Just 36% of Democrats held their nostril and picked Trump over the tip of humanity.
The different 64% mentioned carry on the meteor!
Well, the Giant Meteor 2020 crowd might get their want.
As if the worsening coronavirus pandemic isn’t terrifying sufficient, NASA says an enormous, “potentially hazardous asteroid” will cross inside zero.038 astronomical items of Earth.
The asteroid has a diameter of three,250 ft. That’s larger than the tallest constructing on Earth – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It will cross Earth’s path this Saturday at 6:05 am EST.
The large house object is solely named “163373 (2002 PZ39).” It’s what astronomers name an “Apollo” asteroid. These are asteroids with a path that crosses Earth’s orbit.
Killer Asteroids: A Bigger Threat Than Coronavirus?
While coronavirus is lethal and apparently extremely contagious, an Earth-destroying asteroid poses a extra existential menace.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that’s a part of his drive to colonize different planets. He is aware of main impacts have upended all life on Earth up to now, and can once more.
Musk tweeted final 12 months massive house rock would finally hit Earth, and that we at present don’t have any protection.
At least we’re ready to battle coronavirus.
But NASA has been planning to deflect a killer asteroid for years. A survey final 12 months discovered Americans prioritize asteroid protection over one other manned mission to the Moon.
In 2028, an asteroid as massive because the one at present hurtling towards Earth will go even nearer. It will probably be a dreadful near-miss of simply 154,000 miles. Hopefully, Saturday’s asteroid will go by with none unexpected elements disturbing its orbit.
Hug your sweetheart tight on Valentine’s Day.
It could be Armageddon Eve.
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This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
Last modified: February 13, 2020 7:31 PM UTC