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How long until another meteoroid disaster?


bobbyburns

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Scheduled to hit in 2032, a massive asteroid is on a collision course with Earth.

If in fact it impacts, it would have a explosion with forces 50 times greater than 2.5 million tons of TNT.

Although it's on a collision course NOW, the chances of it actually impacting our planet are 1 in 60000, which are extremely low. Asteroids of this size, however, are not very common to observe coming towards our planet.

The last time this happened was in 2007, but of course it changed trajectory.

To completely erase any chances of asteroids like these hitting our planet, scientists have (for decades) thought of ways to annihilate the objects with methods including:

-Nuclear weaponry

-A REALLY fast unmanned object to hit the object and steer it off course

-Radiation (open for debate)

-Lasers

-"Tractor Pull" (satellite actually pulling the object)

-Prepare for the Worst (personally, I don't think this actually counts as an evasion method...)

None of these methods have been used on an asteroid of this magnitude, but trying it out to see if it'd work in the future (when we may REALLY need it) would be a fantastic investment.

After all, we don't exactly want to end up like the dinosaurs just yet.

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