Based on the recent discussions carried out during the World’s Asteroid Day on Tuesday, the Earth is threatened by deadly asteroid menace, scientists claim. They have urged researchers to dedicate more time to the study of the asteroids flying in the proximity of the Earth as they could prove themselves fatal for humanity.
Scientists and Sci-Fi lovers have said it a million times before: the evolution of the Earth is threatened by an imminent asteroid impact. Yet, little has been done in the past years to prevent such an event, even though humanity has all the necessary technology to protect itself.
This Tuesday’s meeting held in honor of World’s Asteroid Day was a perfect opportunity for scientists to put the stress on the matter and to urge authorities to take action. The conference has also seen the presentation of a new software that can study the space trajectory of asteroids and calculate the possibilities of an imminent impact with the Earth.
Based on the information that the designer of the program, PhD student Clemens Rumpf, has provided there are currently approximately 13,000 asteroids in the atmosphere of the Earth. 500 of them could soon collide with our planet, if we were to judge from their space orientation.
Given these somber previsions, the study of asteroids is highly important now. The researchers, who have taken part in the study, have concluded that governments should stimulate such initiatives as the deadly menace of a space collision is very likely to happen.
The proper technology has already been invented, but, somehow, scientists and administrations refuse to pay the due attention to this threat.
Many catastrophic scenarios have been imagined during Tuesday’s scientific meeting as participants wanted to show guests what the results of a similar impact on Earth would be. In their opinion, a 40-meter space rock could cause much of the Earth’s surface to disappear.
Many more damages could be done, as well, if a similar body submerged into the waters of the ocean or the sea. Great part of the underwater population would be destroyed, together with the surface of the surrounding lands, which would be entirely covered with water.
While some people may be tempted to think that such scenes are more likely to take place in a Hollywood movie than in the real world, there have been many real situations, which prove the opposite.
A 17-meter meteorite fell in the proximity of Russia’s Ural Mountains in February 2013, showing that asteroid rains are highly possible. The rock created an immense sonic boom due to its speed of 33,000mph. It has also caused many buildings to explode with the force of an atomic bomb.
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