An asteroid is said to hit our Earth on June 30 that will create a huge mess in major cities, experts advise. Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen’s University Belfast in the UK wonders when it will happen rather than thinking about if it will happen. On the same day in 1908, a small asteroid hit Tunguska in Siberia that overwhelmed the area of 2,000 kilometers.
Mr. Fitzsimmons said, “It is important to know that scientists and engineers have made great strides in detecting near-Earth asteroids and understanding the threat posed by them. We have discovered over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects, but there are much more waiting to be found.”
The risk of collision of asteroids with Earth is increasing every few years. Czech and other scientists had counseled about the 144 fireballs given out by a meteor shower. Another meteor the Taurid showed an improved activity in 2015. This happened due to the well-defined orbital structure. Researchers from Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences discovered new Taurids that gave out two asteroids each of 200-300 meters in size.
People can post their views on various social networking sites. Experts including Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and International Space Station astronaut Nicole Stott could clear the doubts of respondents directly from the social networking sites. All the data and information obtained about the asteroids will be discussed live from Luxembourg on June 30. A small asteroid has a capacity to destroy the entire city and if the asteroid proves bigger it could be even more dangerous.
“The Near-Earth asteroids found everyday are mostly harmless. But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them”, he further added.