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Asteroid Threat-2014


Asteroids – the inevitable rendezvous.

Regarding the threat of asteroids there is but one reality – that eventually the Earth will be hit by one. When that day comes a single factor will decide whether we survive or not. It is the size of the asteroid. Small objects of only several metres diameter can devastate major cities. Medium objects of up to a kilometre can devastate continents. The very largest asteroids can exterminate all life on Earth!

Unimaginable disaster.

The devastation caused would also depend on the location of the impact. If for instance a 2 kilometre asteroid were to hit the sea it would raise a tidal wave of unimaginable proportions – up to 10 kilometres high. This would naturally pour across continents washing away towns and cities like sand castles on a beach. If on the other hand the impact were on land it could, according to some scientists, release enough energy to remove the entire Earth’s atmosphere.

Close encounters.

An illustration of how pressing the fears are is illustrated by the rising number of close misses within recent times. In September 2000 for instance there were no fewer than five near misses from asteroids that sailed by with no more than a weeks warning.

More close shaves.

In 1991, a small asteroid passed within just 100,000 miles of the Earth. Two years later in May 1993, another asteroid missed us by just 80,000 miles. The year 1994 saw two close shaves with asteroids that hurtled by at a distance of only 100,000 miles! Although these distances may seem vast, in astronomical terms they represent no more than a bullet burn, the cosmic wink that sometimes separates us from outright disaster.

Tunguska.

In the early years of the 1900’s a fragment of a small meteorite devastated hundreds of square metres of a remote Siberian forest. A similar strike over a heavily populated city would produce millions of casualties in a catastrophe almost too fearful to contemplate.

Overdue impact.

The fact is that ever since the human race existed the danger from comets and asteroids has been an ever present reality. It is estimated that a major asteroid impact occurs every 25,000 years. Scientists believe the next strike is long overdue, and the unhappy truth is that we could be hit with absolutely no warning at all!

Early warning system.

Some attempt is now being made to set up an early warning system to detect planet threatening asteroids. However this is still a long way from knowing what to do if one were found to be on a collision course to hit us. If we had 10 years warning it is likely we might be able to deflect it with specially designed missiles. Unfortunately this capability would be severely shortened if the asteroid were detected within 2 – 5 years of impact. Even worse is the realisation that if we discovered an asteroid scheduled to hit us within 2 years there is certainly nothing we could do about it.Although scientists have basically cleared us from any danger from asteroid 2002 NT7, which originally had been reported as an impact hazard for the year 2019, a newer space rock has been spotted, which may pose a threat even sooner.

2014 Asteroid Hits Earth

At around 1.2 km in width, 2003 QQ47 is substantially smaller than 2002 NT7 (2km), but has been called “an event meriting careful monitoring” by astronomers. If an impact does occur, it could be on March 21, 2014.

Discovered on August 24, 2003, by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research Project (an MIT Lincoln Laboratory program funded by the United States Air Force and NASA) in New Mexico, 2003 QQ47 has been classified as a 1 on the Torino scale of impact hazards. Scientists are urging calm, however, saying the odds of a catastrophic collision are only around 1 in 909,000.

The orbit of this asteroid has been calculated on only 51 observations during a seven-day period and require further observations to determine if any danger does exist. It will be monitored closely over the next two months. Astronomers expect the risk of impact to decrease significantly as more data is gathered.

If it does strike Earth, the impact could have the effect of over 20 million Hiroshima style atomic bombs. As Billy Bob Thornton says in Armageddon, “It’s what we call a Global Killer….the end of mankind. Half the world will be incinerated by the heat blast…..the rest will freeze to death in a nuclear winter. Basically, the worst part of the Bible!”

Asteroids are rocks and debris which are the leftovers of the construction of our solar system nearly 5 billions years ago. Most are in a belt, which orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter. However, the gravitational influence of the gas giant planets, like Jupiter, or an impact by a comet can knock these large rocks out of their safe orbit.

Needless to say, we will be monitoring this situation very closely.

Update:
Once again, the planet can breathe a sigh of relief. After making further observations of asteroid 2003 QQ47, astronomers now say there is no threat from this rock. It has been downgraded to a zero (0) on the Torin scale, which says, “The likelihood of a collision is zero, or well below the chance that a random object of the same size will strike the Earth within the next few decades. This designation also applies to any small object that, in the event of a collision, is unlikely to reach the Earth’s surface intact.”

While this particular asteroid appears to not be a threat to Earth at this time, the Near Earth Object Program and other agencies continue to monitor space for other threats. After all, it is a big universe, and there are a lot of asteroids and comets out there.

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28 Responses to “Asteroid Threat-2014”

  1. Lisa said

    Ohh dear!!
    That won’t really happen will it?
    Well if it does happen is thay really the actual amount of damage it will cause!!??

  2. Erin said

    OMG! im SCARED!

  3. I don’t want 2 die!Save MEE!SAVE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!Please help us Scientists!!!!!!!Please!!

    • juju said

      no one will save you but, the lord your God, Jesus Christ!!! 🙂

      • juju said

        P.S JESUS IS SON OF GOD (HOLY TRINITY)

      • HKLO said

        god is a made up fictional character designed to enslave millions of people into conforming into the system as nothing more than a managable animal, “abraham” ALL SEEING EYE

  4. BUTTFREAK said

    What the poot!

  5. gfdg said

    God will save you…. just believe in god and dont believe in anything else……

    • EDWARD TEACH said

      Pathetic. There is no God and if there is why in hell would she allow all those people to die? He hasn’t saved us from wars, disasters etc.

      Pathetic.

      • juju said

        GOOS QUESTION… ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT ITS YOUR LACK OF FAITH, YOU WHAT SOMETHING THAT YOU AND GOD KNOW YOU WANT. DECLARE IT IN THE NAME OF LORD JESUS!!!!! AMEN!!!! IF NOT IT WONT HAPPEN… BELIEVE!!!!

      • HKLO said

        YEah god was just a loada made up baloni thought of about 5 thousand years ago, Yeah cause really everyhting we see today is 6000 years old and not a second more and the dinosaur bones they just appear out of nowhere because of nothing even though carbon dating clearly shows theyre alot older

  6. HER said

    i wouldn’t be surprised if it would actually happen…i mean don’t you think we kinda desrve it? look at what we did to earth – eventually we’re going to burn our planet anyway, that is also said in the bible. i dont want it to happen, but i gues we couldnt change anything. i bet everyone would be having the best time of their life if we’d be told, well we ave to take our life to the maximum before we die! lol anyway they said theres zero posibility…

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  8. sabrina said

    im scared who would be left to make a big population?

  9. Markus K. said

    You know, it’s not surprising to read the comments above me and see the TRUE nature of humans. ‘I DON’T WANT TO DIE’ and ‘JUST BELIEVE IN GOD AND DON’T BELIEVE IN ELSE’ seem the typical responses. Well, I hate to break it to ya, but it don’t say anything about an asteroid or comet hitting the earth in the BIBLE. All of the things that was suppose to happen in REVELATIONS were suppose to take place in the lifetime of Jesus’ disciples. So unless THEY are immortal, I say that they have all DIED by now.

    There IS NO God of ANY KIND. No RA, no ODIN, no ZEUS, no JESUS, no SATAN and no GOD. Religion, ESPECIALLY Christian religion, is nothing but a con-game. To believe in something based on faith because someone tells and teaches you that God is real all of your life DOES NOT make a GOD real. Instead of getting down on our knees and wishing and praying for some miracle to happen, how about we just DO SOMETHING INSTEAD. I believe in the power of MANKIND, of the great power of his mind and of all that has been achieved and accomplished WITHOUT a God. The discovery the the world is ROUND, that the moon and sun and stars DO NOT rise and fall into the earth, that man CAN fly not just into the air but into space and to the moon. These things are NEVER spoken of in the bible. MANKIND needs to take responsibility in what needs to be done to make this a better world, and to protect it against threats like this- no God or Gods, no religion, just hard work from each and every human being.

    As for dying, well, that’s just what happens. We’re born into the world, we exist in the world and then we die…nothing more, nothing less. This is just a FACT, and if it is your time to die (to the reader), I truly hope you find that moment with family and love ones. No pain, only peace.

    If there IS a threat of ANY kind of asteroid and/or comet, then I say lets do something about it…NOW. Work together as a human race to take care of this problem.

    • juju said

      you know im a christian,i got one question to you scientists… you tell me, who made the unervise and how was a made? if two big comets crash into eachother, so called the big bang thoery. tell me, how were they formed and how were they created???? on my behalf, i trust this God becuase with out him, im nothing, and i know everyday he lets my feet stand becuase some people cant. plus if all of these scinetific things are happening, why you scientists coming up with half answers? you know you, in the bible, GOd said,” i will make the wise look dumb(wrong word to use, but couldnt remember the word he said so…) and i will make the wise dumb.” And plus, the prochey book, book of revalation(in bible), explain the coming of Jesus and no where close saying i will kill the wicked with an astorid. makes no senses…

      • HKLO said

        omg are you a complete invilid where did you get two asteroids from that is completely wrong understanding , no1 knows anything outright it is just the best theory that fits , if that is how you think the world was created then you are actually ignorant about life, ask your self this, instead of wondering why we are here or being scared and making up after lifes and what have you why dont you just except that we are a completely unlikely anomaly in a very wonderful universe that science and math explains and we should just be happy that we are being given a chance to live not spend the time we have thinking of things that is completer shid

  10. Gemma said

    Markus K – Woo! I totally agree!

  11. billy said

    its better to leave the asteroid stuff to the porfessionals …….nasa…or whatever it is i think we need to concenterate on to our own humans’s behavioure theres lot to do so lets start working on the small problems which we can take care of..say global warming or the hate in the world….n i think when we talk of GOD HE is just trying to give us all a chance to redeem ourselves

  12. Vinod said

    I wud say Every Single man needs to know about this rather published to evey one and do something SO that we can stop it …. nowadays we have many ways to communicate >LETS DO IT TOGETHER Save the Earth

  13. justin uk boston said

    it dont matter if it hits us or not were all going to die!!!!! any way…… FACT!!!!

  14. jimmy said

    Its likely we wont develop the technology as NASA and other space programs are under funded becuase of the greed of the economy. we only care about multiplying and comsuming our natural recources for building new products of luxury, (its in our nature). good luck to everyone, the end is coming.

    • juju said

      NOT LIKE THIS, BUT THE END IS WHEN JESUS COMES!!! HALLELUJAH!!!

  15. Austin said

    Some scientists are idiots. and YES GOD IS REAL. sorry to break it to ya atheists!!!!!!!!!!!! the best thing you can do in a tragedy is turn 2 GOD. Did God create the earth just 2 let it be destroyed? Did he not send his only Son to save us so that we might have eternal life? Well he did create the earth. and he DID SEND HIS ONLY SON TO SAVE US. WE DONT NEED PROOF!!!!!!!!!

    • jason said

      IRONY!!!!!

  16. juju said

    IF ONLY THE WORLD CAN KNOW THAT SATAN IS BRAIN WASHING YOU’S… I KNOW THIS IS NOT GOING TO END MADKIND BECAUSE THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN GOD WILL NOT PARISH BUT HAVE INTERNAL LIFE JOHN 3:16(IN BIBLE). PLUS THIS IS A MEMO FROM SATAN BECUASE HE JUST WANTED YOU TO BECOME CRAZY AND SCARED AND HAVE SUIDCIDE THOUGHS. KNOWING YOU DONT WANT TO KILL YOURSLEF.. GOD I HOPE YOU DONT!

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  18. Thomas said

    All conjecture…when it comes to creation, the village idiot’s opinion is as valid as anyone else’s…what we do have here on earth is a battle between good and evil…to many times, evil is disguised as good and vice versa…emotions…splain that one Lucy if you don’t believe in God then what????…Yeah OK…We can be pretty sure the insidious devil is winning here…

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