An asteroid to strike earth any time, experts
June 27, 2017
A leading astrophysicist from Queen’s University Belfast has warned that an asteroid strike is just a matter of time.
Asteroids, sometimes called minor planets, are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Scientists continuously monitor Earth-crossing asteroids, whose paths intersect Earth’s orbit, and near-Earth asteroids that approach Earth’s orbital distance to within about 45 million kilometers (28 million miles) and may pose an impact danger.
WHAT DOES HE SAY?
Joined by scientist Brian Cox and astronauts such as Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and International Space Station astronaut Nicole Stott, Professor Fitzsimmons is highlighting the threat for Asteroid Day, a global event on 30 June. Prof Fitzsimmons added that experts have detected roughly 90 percent of asteroids that could strike Earth, but that there could be millions which could seep through and wreak havoc on our planet. He warns that a similar unexpected strike in today’s world could easily destroy a major city and a larger asteroid could be more dangerous.
WORLD ASTEROID DAY
Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet.