Set date: on May 6, 2022, the Earth could face its destruction from the ginormous asteroid that leveled continents.
Yes, I know you roll your eyes – another day, another killer asteroid. You might think: "This is just paranoid nonsense."
Yes, right. However, there are actually dangerous bumps from space rocks sliding toward us, and there is a small possibility (funny) that it can hit our planet.
Let me introduce you to JF1. He is chunky, dangerous, and you believe he is coming.
NASA first discovered the asteroid in 2009. Over the past decade, the space agency's automatic asteroid surveillance system – known as Sentry – has been tasked with watching it.
It has been designated as a 'near-Earth' object (NEO), which means it exists in the Sun's orbit and presents a & # 39; threat & # 39; for our planet.
A NASA spokesman explained:
Some asteroids and comets follow orbital paths that bring them closer to the Sun and hence the Earth is more than usual. If the comet or asteroid approach takes it into 1.3 solar astronomical units, we call it a near-Earth object.
One astronomical unit is equivalent to about 93 million miles – so it's not exactly close. What is scary is how big it is – experts report that JF1 measures about 130 meters in diameter, adding that it might be around the same size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
If JF1 lands, it will collide with the power of 230 kilotons of TNT. To explain, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 exploded with the power of 15 kilotons of TNT.
A 2018 White House report on the danger of an asteroid impact explains:
NEO larger than 140 meters will potentially cause severe damage to the entire region or continent. Such objects will hit the Earth with a minimum energy of more than 60 megatons of TNT, which is more than the most powerful nuclear device ever tested. Fortunately, this is much less common and easier to detect and track than the smaller NEO.
NASA added that the Sentry 'continues to scan the latest asteroid catalog for possible future impacts with Earth for the next 100 years.' Another asteroid was recorded for impact in 2880 (not a typo).
But don't worry too much. NASA places the chance of JF1 really hitting us at 0.026%, so there is a possibility of more than 99% that it won't happen. I doubt Paddy Power will let me use tenner.