NASA’s administrator expressed concern that comparable warnings have traditionally prompted amusement and stated that asteroid collisions had been extra frequent than folks believed.
Within the planetary defence workout routines this week, simulating a world response to an Earth-destroying meteorite, NASA’s first step will likely be to exactly measure the item’s velocity and trajectory.
After that, a choice must be made: try to forestall the collision by deflecting the asteroid, or evacuate the world it may crash into.
Planetary defence and astronomical consultants have warned in opposition to humanity destroying massive asteroids with nuclear weapons out of the priority that they’d merely shatter into smaller harmful items.
The almost definitely response is to evacuate the world which the asteroid is anticipated to collide into, particularly if the asteroid is smaller than 50m (164ft) throughout.