Seeing the words “asteroid” and “Earth” within close proximity to each other is certainly alarming.
Today, on April 19, an asteroid roughly the size of the Rock of Gibraltar will fly past Earth. Safely avoiding our planet, it will speed by at a distance of 1.1 million miles, which is less than five times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
NASA reassures that there is a zero percent chance that the asteroid, which measures 2,000 feet wide, will hit our planet. However, the event is worth noting (despite possibly scaring you a little), because, by astronomical standards, the proximity is incredibly close.
Such a reality does ignite the fact that asteroids hitting Earth are not save for movies, and somewhere out there, there is a giant rock that likely has its sites set on us.
“The odds of an impact for asteroids are very low on ‘human timescales’ (a hundred years are so),” said Dr. Amy Mainzer, who is an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “However, because the consequences could potentially be severe, it’s not something we should completely ignore.”
The asteroid, called 2014 JO25, will be coming from the sun’s direction toward Earth, and should be visible in the sky in small telescopes over the next few days before it fades from view. Its closest point to Earth will occur at 8:24 a.m. EDT. The asteroid was first discovered in May 2014 by astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.
According to Dr. William F. Botke, a planetary scientist and asteroid expert at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, if an asteroid like this one were to hit Earth, it could create a crater of approximately 10 kilometers wide.
This particular asteroid marks the closest an object this large has come to Earth since the massive asteroid 4179 Toutatis flew past our planet back in 2004. An asteroid hasn’t even come this close in the last 400 years, and isn’t expected to do so again for at least another 500.
The asteroid will be studied by astronomers across the globe, both during and after its approach to Earth.
“Using radar, we can illuminate a near-Earth asteroid and directly measure its features,”explained astronomer Edgard Rivera-Valentín, who is a planetary scientist with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) at the Arecibo Observatory. He noted that this is how scientists pinpointed the shape of the asteroid, which resembles a peanut’s shape.
According to NASA, smaller asteroids pass within this distance from Earth several times a week. However, the next time a known giant asteroid will happen is in 2027, when the half-mile-wide asteroid 1999 AN10 is anticipated to fly by at an estimated distance measuring from the Earth to the moon.
If we were to discover a massive asteroid on course to collide with Earth, NASA says we would have a couple decades notice to plan accordingly to find a way to deflect it by blasting the asteroid with a “kinetic impactor” or placing a large mass nearby to serve as a “gravity tractor.”
As for asteroids in general, NASA says not to put too much of your attention on worrying about them crashing into Earth, as no asteroid with significant risk of impact with our planet will occur over the next century.
False Flag Astroid Possibility?
You can read more about this in detail here: Is A False Flag Alien Invasion In The Works? Wernher Von Braun’s Colleague Seems To Think So.
It’s the idea that the global elite are using fictitious threats to justify the weaponization of space. It would be similar to what many refer to as false flag terrorism, where a powerful group of elite manufactures, fabricates and perpetuates events in order to provide justification for the infiltration of another country, as well as a more heightened natural security state.