Asteroid hitting Earth very much possible, warns scientist

The world must be prepared for an asteroid strike, which is just a matter of time, warns a leading astrophysicist from Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. It is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen.

By: IANS | Published:June 22, 2017 12:35 pm
Earth, asteroid, Asteroid Day, asteroid explosions, near Earth asteroids It is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen, said Alan Fitzsimmons. (Source: Queen’s University Belfast)

The world must be prepared for an asteroid strike, which is just a matter of time, warns a leading astrophysicist from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

It is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen, said Alan Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons was highlighting the threat for Asteroid Day, a global event on June 30. On that day in 1908, a small asteroid exploded over Tunguska in Siberia and devastated 800 square miles.

A similar unexpected strike in today’s world could easily destroy a major city and a larger asteroid could be more dangerous, Fitzsimmons warned.

“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,” Fitzsimmons said in a statement released by Queen’s University Belfast.

“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,” he said.

Fitzsimmons will be joined by other astronauts and experts for discussions and presentations to be be streamed live from Luxembourg on June 30. Asteroid Day LIVE will is a 24-hour live broadcast that will include six hours from Luxembourg, along with programs from ESA, JAXA and NASA. Supporting events are planned in over 70 countries as well.

With Tech Desk inputs

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    clann parlan
    Jun 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    An just how long did it take this genius to come up with the blindingly obvious?
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      Kojo Amponsah
      Jun 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm
      I will urge the leading astrophysicist to read Revelation Chapter 8 and verses 10 and 11. The information he as just come up with is already revealed. The book also talks about the earth warming up even long before scientist came up with the term global warming. The bible has answers for information scientist are seeking for. Read the bible. It is the TRUE word of God and every prophecy in it has come to pass or will come to pass. You can count on it.
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        John mah
        Jun 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm
        Please kop on will you educate yourself,break away from the brainwashing
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        ICS Rentals
        Jun 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm
        happens
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          Ravun
          Jun 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm
          Ha ha may be modi will do surgical strike along with half chaddi saghis .
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            BharatLal
            Jun 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm
            Astroid can be easily destroyed by a nuclear powered weapon from a sattelite , suitably and timely launched by International community. All countries can unite and contribute to such causes. Some less developed counteries may not have technology to do such things by themselves.
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              V.R.RAJAGOPALAN
              Jun 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm
              All superpower countries must joined and work together to encounter such asteroid and they should start the process immediately.A very good article useful to mankind. Hope for the best. The author should also list out such asteroids it is better
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