Asteroid Collision Earth very much possible, Say Experts

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London, June 22 : The world must be prepared to witness an asteroid strike, which is just a matter of time and it could  destroy several major cities, warns a prominent astrophysicist from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Scientist’s warning comes ahead of the Asteroid Day which will be observed on June 30.

In 1908, a massive explosion took place in Tunguska region of Russia’s Siberia and devastated  the ground over 2,000 square kilometres.

It is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen, said Alan Fitzsimmons.

“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 are many more waiting to be found,” Fitzsimmons stated in a statement released by Queen’s University Belfast.

“Astronomers find Near-Earth Asteroids every day and most are harmless. But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them,” he said.

On June 30, top astronauts and experts will attend an event to on the occasion of “Asteroid Day” in  Luxembourg.

Wefornews Bureau 

 

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