Has NASA openly admitted that we should be ready for an asteroid impact in 2023? When we talk about giant space rocks coming at an incredible speed to your home, at what point do you stop and panic?
When a space rock comes towards Earth, they start to burn up in our atmosphere before they actually reach us. The ones that vaporize become a meteor – or a shooting star in the sky that’s the difference between an asteroid and a meteor.
We all know as in the past, in the future Earth will be struck by a devastating asteroid. It is estimated that the mass of materials that impact Earth each year ranges from 38,000-78,000 tons. Most of this mass would come from either dust-sized particles or spaces rocks that weight quıte a few pounds (kg).
Meet Willamette the largest meteorite ever to be found in America. It has a size of 7.8 square metres (85 square feet) long and weighs 15.5 tons (34,000 pounds).
The article that was published in express.co.uk on the 30th of November 2018 is said to be a report based on information that was leaked from an inside source in NASA. According to the leaked information, currently there is an asteroid coming directly towards Earth that has over 60 different potential impact trajectories. Now, if the calculations are right this would mean we could be hit by an asteroid in 2023. Should we start panicking? Given the time of a possible impact! Probably not.
Okay, the asteroid that is at the centre of attention is named ‘Asteroid 2018 LF16’ and was last observed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 16, 2018. The latest calculations are showing that the asteroid has the potential to hit Earth before the year 2117. The first scary trajectory date is five years from now, which is the 8th of August 2023 and other close impact dates are the 3rd of August, 2024 and the 1st of August, 2025.
The scariest part is that the asteroid is coming towards Earth at an incredible speed of over 33,844 miles an hour! Think about it for a moment of just how fast that is.
“A space rock this big is about twice as tall as Big Ben’s clock tower in London, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York, and is four times as tall as Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square,”
At this moment, with current available data nothing is 100% confirmed, there is only potential impact trajectories which will change as asteroid 2018 LF16 gets closer to Earth. To give a better insight; NASA experts say that the asteroid has a 1 in 30 million chance of ever crashing into Earth and has 99.9999967% chance of flying by us.
If an asteroid of this size ever hits Earth, the impact force would be equal to a 57 Megaton Tsar Bomb that the old Russia (USSR) exploded in 1961.
“That is more than 1,500 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, and 10 times more powerful than all the munitions expended during World War II,” express.co.uk states.
We don’t know when, but we do know it is not in the immediate future that Earth will be hit by a large asteroid so for now enjoy your life as best as you can.
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