Yesterday’s flood in my house doesn’t compare to the potential disaster that Russian astrophysicist Vladimir Lipunov says is in store for us.
Lipunov claims that a mountain-sized asteroid is on a collision course with Earth.
The asteroid, designated 2014 UR116, comes close to the Earth every three years. Lipunov says it’s difficult to calculate the orbit of big objects like 2014 UR116 because their trajectories are constantly altered by various gravitational forces. “We need to permanently track this asteroid, because even a small mistake in calculations could have serious consequences.”
At 370 meters in diameter, the impact from an asteroid that large would not be in the “dino killer” size (that one is estimated to have been between 3 to 10 miles across (5 and 15 kilometers).
However, you would not want to be in the immediate vicinity of an impact. The odds of impact the last time this particular asteroid passed us was about 1/250,000. Actually that is better odds than the lottery, just hope we don’t have the winning ticket.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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