Jun 26, 2017 07:49 AM EDT
Nobody could predict what will happen to Earth but change is inevitable and the people must be prepared for it. With that said, astronomers and experts warn that Earth witnessing an asteroid strike is just a matter of time especially this coming Asteroid Day on June 30.
According to Fox News, researchers from the Queen’s University stated that astronomers always witness Near-Earth Asteroids but most are harmless. However, the upcoming Asteroid Day could still get people in advance just like the Tunguska event that occurred years ago.
Furthermore, researchers from the Czech Academy of Sciences writing in Astronomy and Astrophysics warn the same case regarding the Asteroid Day and Tunguska event as well. The researchers mentioned that an undiscovered branch of the Taurid meteor shower could produce hundreds of asteroids which are dozens of meters in diameter or larger.
Moreover, the Taurid effect is said to be the previous event that caused the Tunguska event last 1908. The Tunguska event was identified to cause damage to almost 80 million trees in the 800 square miles in the Siberian forest. The event was deemed to be the largest ever recorded explosion of a space object on Earth. Fortunately, no human casualties were involved as Metro reported.
“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. Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there is much more waiting to be found,” an expert from the University’s Astrophysics Research Centre, Professor Alan Fitzsimmons said in a statement.
Nonetheless, the Asteroid Day set on June 30 was stated to commemorate the 109th anniversary of the Tunguska event. Experts then warned that as they are good at finding large asteroids, it is still much better if people could do something about it albeit an asteroid strike on Earth. Rest assured, NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program is still currently searching and preparing for any asteroids that could harm Earth.
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