NASA Announces Continent Killing Asteroid Hurtling Towards Earth, Could Impact On May 6th 2022
An asteroid discovered by NASA is hurtling towards earth and what are the chances it could collide?
Not to sound like a dooms a very day chronicle but what’s real is real and there is no denying that there are hundreds maybe thousands of asteroids and meteors passing by Earth although a safe distance away but now and then comes a real threat which has also occurred in the past but safely swept by earth. Many experts believe it was an asteroid or meteor that struck Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs so what would happen if history repeated itself. It could do some pretty bad damage and who knows the after effects that could well be something straight out of movies like Sudden Impact and 2012.
A bombshell revealed by NASA
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Now the American space agency NASA has revealed another bombshell that an asteroid JF1 could be smashing into Earth on May 6th 2022. That means May 6th Earth could potentially be destroyed from a gigantic asteroid that could flatten a continent and practically the whole of the earth.
The asteroid is named JF1 and is headed for earth
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Well, if you are already rolling your eyes and saying what?? Another killer asteroid and so near, that’s just 2 years from now but is it real, is it paranoia or is it our ingrained affair and penchant for dramatizing disasters which is why we make such great disaster movies too.
Unfortunately, the news is very real and there is this dangerous lump of space rock hurtling towards us and there is a small chance that it could smash into earth. The asteroid in question is known as JF1 and its one large dangerous chunk coming soon.
Discovered in 2009
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The asteroid JF1 was first discovered in 2009. NASA for the past decade has been monitoring it through their automated asteroid watching system called Sentry. The asteroid described as a near Earth Object or NEO is in the Sun’s orbit and is presently considered a threat to our planet. According to a NASA spokesman there are various asteroids and comets that run along orbital paths that take them closer than usual to the Earth and Sun. If any comet or asteroid comes within 1.3 astronomical units of the sun, it is defined as a NEO or Near Earth Object
One astronomical unit is equal to 93 million miles so that not exactly close but the scary part of it is that it is huge and as per expert data, JF1 is roughly 130 meters in diameter which could be almost the same size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. If by some remote chance it does hit the earth, it would smash into our planet with a force of 230 kilotonnes of TNT. In comparison, the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 had a force of just 15 kilotonnes of TNT.
What are the odds?
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The White House also tabled a report on the asteroid JF1 that said larger NEO’s bigger than 140 meters could potentially cause havoc and widespread serious damage to entire continents because the object would strike Earth with a minimum energy of over 60 megatons of TNT that is more powerful than any tested or existing nuclear device. But the god thing is that these are not common objects and they would also be tracked easily than smaller ones.
NASA says that the automated system SENTRY is continuously scanning for asteroids and possibilities of future impacts with our planet for the next 10 years. There is one more asteroid that is being regarded dangerous for impact in 2880.
However irrespective of the grim news, people should not worry too much because the odds of asteroid JF1 actually colliding with Earth are just 0.02%. That means 99% it will not.