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Alert! Asteroid 2019 SU3, Fourth Most Dangerous Ever, Flying Towards Earth At Great Speed

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 October 2019, 10:44 AM
The European Space Agency (ESA) has found a new asteroid which has chances of hitting Earth in the future.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has found a new asteroid which has chances of hitting Earth in the future. (Photo Credit : Representational Image )

The European Space Agency (ESA) has found a new asteroid which has chances of hitting Earth in the future. The asteroid has been identified as 2019 SU3. Based on the data collected by the space agency, the asteroid could collide with the planet in "less than 70 years from now". In ESA’s list it is the fourth most dangerous asteroid.

According to ESA, the asteroid’s chances of hitting Earth are "one out of 152". The ESA noted the asteroid’s "potential Earth impact" might take place on "September 16, 2084". The asteroid is expected to approach Earth from a distance of "only roughly 73,435 miles away", according to the Express.

Asteroid impact avoidance comprises a number of methods by which near-Earth objects (NEO) could be diverted, preventing destructive impact events. A sufficiently large impact by an asteroid or other NEOs would cause, depending on its impact location, massive tsunamis, multiple firestorms and an impact winter caused by the sunlight-blocking effect of placing large quantities of pulverized rock dust, and other debris, into the stratosphere.

It is also known to the scientist that 800,000 years ago, a one-kilometre long asteroid crashed into Earth’s Southeast Asia region.

However, it is still a matter of study how the humans at that time survived such huge impact. It may be because humans are much smarter than dinosaurs gave them a edge when it comes to surviving asteroid attack.

In 2016, a NASA scientist warned that the Earth is unprepared for such an event. In April 2018, the B612 Foundation reported "It's 100 per cent certain we'll be hit [by a devastating asteroid], but we're not 100 per cent sure when." Also, in 2018, physicist Stephen Hawking, in his final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions, considered an asteroid collision to be the biggest threat to the planet. 

Asteroid impact avoidance comprises a number of methods by which near-Earth objects (NEO) could be diverted, preventing destructive impact events. A sufficiently large impact by an asteroid or other NEOs would cause, depending on its impact location, massive tsunamis, multiple firestorms and an impact winter caused by the sunlight-blocking effect of placing large quantities of pulverized rock dust, and other debris, into the stratosphere.

According to expert testimony in the United States Congress in 2013, NASA would require at least five years of preparation before a mission to intercept an asteroid could be launched.

First Published: Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:40 AM
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