NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine believes that a major Earth-shattering asteroid is on route for impact. This warning comes right after a surprise visit by “Asteroid 2019 OK” which passed by the Earth at a threatening distance of 1/5th to the moon. Any close flyby of such a scale is bound to generate unrest.
Shrugging off any notions that this was fodder for a new Bruce Willis sci-fi action flick, Mr. Bridenstine said the following in a press statement, “We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about the movies.”
To prepare for the collision, which NASA says is a case of when and not an ‘if’, NASA is working on their new DART system that can deflect the orbit of asteroids.
NASA claimed that it has discovered over 90% of asteroids that could pose a threat to the earth, and these include 2019 OK, 2015 HM10, 2019 OE, 2019 NN3, 2019 MT2, 2006 QV89, and RF12, among others.
One of the biggest of these harbingers of apocalypse is the aptly named “Apophis,” a 1000-foot asteroid that has a 2 percent chance of hurtling towards the Earth in 2029. If Apophis was to smash into our planet, it will generate a force of 15,000 nuclear explosions being set off simultaneously.
Elon Musk, the founder of Space X and Tesla, added further to the panic by warning that the earth has no defense systems in place should it get hit by one. His twitter handle reads, “Great name! Wouldn’t worry about this particular one, but a big rock will hit Earth eventually & we currently have no defense…”
NASA estimates that there is a small chance of about 1 in 100,000 of a massive asteroid hitting the earth in a few decades from now.