Earth feels threatened by asteroids, which is why the scientists are trying to raise awareness of the dangers that the space objects pose. For that matter, the international group of scientists has decided to celebrate the second edition of the Asteroid Day in the 30th of June.
Asteroids and small meteors have been known to collide with our planet. That is one of the many reasons for which Earth feels threatened by asteroids.
Last year, the region of Chelyabinsk, Russia, was greatly affected when an asteroid exploded approximately 38 meters above the planet’s surface. The explosion covered a very large area of the town and wounded around 1,500 individuals. If the asteroid would have reached the planet’s surface the impact would have had larger proportions and the number of casualties would have tripled, at least.
Asteroid Day is celebrated on the 30th of June because on the same day in 1908 a large comet or meteorite affected another part of Russia. On that occasion, the space object that collided with the Earth’s atmosphere flattened a surface of 1990 square km (770 miles) of Russian forest. There is no official record of the number of people that were affected by the great explosion.
The organizers of the Asteroid Day have announced on the 9th of February that they are gathering an expert panel that will speak about the dangers of the space objects. The main reason is that the scientist community of Earth feels threatened by asteroids.
Even though there are no immediate threats, the programs that monitor the activity of asteroids, comets and meteors are scarce. This means that there will inevitably come a moment when such an object will approach our planet.
While we will be able to detect an incoming object, if we do not invest enough money in the monitoring and prevention programs, we will but put in the same situation as Bruce Willis in the blockbuster Armageddon. Earth will be faced with timed bomb that could have been defused if people were more aware of the problem.
According to a physicist at the Sandia Laboratories, an event similar to that of Chelyabinsk happens approximately every fifty years. That means that we have 49 more years to come up with a solution of diverting incoming meteors, comets or asteroids.
The incident at Chelyabinsk was a lucky one, to say the least. The object would have caused much more damage if it fell in a busy city. Also, not all asteroids are that small. A bigger object can cause a far greater explosion.
The Earth feels threatened by asteroids and we are in serious need of a monitoring and diverting research program.
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