Asteroid Collision With Earth Inevitable, Say Experts
LONDON: An asteroid attack on Earth is only a matter of time and could destroy major cities, according to experts.
According to Alan Fitzsimmons of Belfast Queen University in the UK, this is a case where an asteroid collision will occur, rather than if it would.
The warning comes before the day of the asteroid to observe June 30 of that day, in 1908, a small asteroid exploded over Tunguska in Siberia in Russia, leveling the trees and burning the earth in 2,000 square kilometers.
This year, discussions and presentations will be broadcast live from Luxembourg June 30 Experts whose Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, astronaut and international space station Nicole Stott will answer questions from people on social networks .
M. Fitzsimmons said an unexpected attack today by a main asteroid similar to the one that exploded over Siberia could easily destroy a city and a large asteroid could be more dangerous.
“It is important to know that scientists and engineers have made great progress in detecting near-Earth asteroids and understanding the threat posed by them,” said M. Fitzsimmons.
“More than 1,800 potentially dangerous objects have been discovered so far, but there is still a lot of waiting to find,” he said.
“Astronomers find the asteroids close to Earth every day and most are harmless. But it is still possible that the next Tunguska surprise us, and although we are much better to find the larger asteroids, it does not serve us if we are not prepared To do something about it, “he added.
The risk of a large asteroid crashing against Earth increases significantly every few years, Czech scientists who analyzed 144 fireballs from a recent meteor shower have been warned.
The Taurid meteor shower showed significantly improved activity in 2015. The researchers found that this was due to a well-defined orbital structure.
Researchers at the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences have recently shown that a “new branch” of Taurids contains at least two asteroid size 200-300 meters.