AN asteroid will come crashing into our planet and it is a matter of when, not if, experts have warned, saying there is “100 percent” chance one will hit.
Space rocks are one of humanity’s major existential threats, and while the likes of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are constantly monitoring the skies for near-Earth objects (NEO) the danger will always remain. NASA has said that it has discovered, and was monitoring, 8,000 near-Earth asteroids which are at least 140 metres wide – which would be big enough to wipe out a small country. But the space agency believes there may be 25,000 of these within Earth’s ‘district’.
This means that more than two-thirds are yet to be found, and experts believe it is only a matter of time before an asteroid comes crashing into Earth.
Greg Leonard, a senior research specialist at the Catalina Sky Survey – a NASA funded project supported by the Near Earth Object Observation Program (NEOO) under the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) – says there is a “100 percent” chance an asteroid will hit Earth.