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Scientists Warn Of ‘Dire’ Consequences If 87 Million Tonne Asteroid Collided With Earth



Scientists have warned of the "terrible" consequences we can expect if an asteroid of 87 million tons collided with Earth.

The asteroid, named Bennu, is 500 feet tall and – as mentioned – very, very heavy. So perhaps we should not be too surprised to learn that it is not in our best interest to break through.

Fortunately, however, this is not expected to happen soon. The asteroid is not expected to fly near us until the next century, and it is estimated that there is about one in 2,700 chance of collision at the moment … Maybe it's worth sticking a quid on it?

Again, a century is not a long time in the grand scheme of things, and if the worst happens, the consequences would be "terrible".

  It is not really surprising that we do not want this to clash with us. Credit: NASA
It is not really surprising that we do not want this to come up against us. Credit: Nasa

According to the Daily Mail, Kirsten Howley, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who is part of the planetary defense team, said: "The consequences would be terrible.
[19659003] " probability of a Bennu impact could be 1 in 2,700 today, but this will almost certainly change – for better or for worse – when we collect more data on its orbit. "

NASA probe, OSIRIS-Rex, is currently in orbit in the asteroid on an observation mission, with plans to land in 2020.

Last week, the space agency shared a picture taken by the spacecraft, which shows the Earth and the Moon appear as small points in the left of the shot, while Bennu appears in the distance on the right

  It is nice to remember how insignificant you are now and then Credit: Nasa
It is good to remember how insignificant you are now and then: Nasa
[19659003] After landing, the probe will collect t samples or return to Earth. This is the first ever mission to have such an objective, and it is hoped that the 4.5 billion year space boulder champions can give us an insight into how life began.

NASA is developing an anti-asteroid spacecraft called the asteroid mitigation mission for emergency response, or to use its bad acronym: HAMMER.

The ammer will work by exploding asteroids or helping them to smooth them.

Howley said: "The thrust you have to give is very small if you deflect the asteroid 50 years later.

" The delay is the greatest enemy of any asteroid deflection mission. "

Delays ay – ruin your train journey, ruin your international Skyping experience and ruin your asteroid deflection missions … It's a complete waste of time if you ask me.

Featured Image Credit: Nasa / University of Arizona


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