There are literally hundreds and hundreds of asteroid-related articles on the Internet, and they are as spooky as it can get.
We’re being threatened almost on a daily basis that a killer asteroid is on its way and it might crash our beloved planet and so on.
CNET just wrote an article that addresses this subject, and they note that such terrifying news mostly comes from the UK from the tabloids that really adore scary asteroid stories, as you probably know.
They note that if you go past the scary title, you will find that the space rock in question will most likely NOT hit our home planet and so on.
“The misleading headlines and stories take advantage of the words scientists use to talk about space objects and the connotations some of those same words have in everyday language,” CNET writes.
The online publication notes some of the most commonly used terms in such articles, terms coming from experts.
NEOs and PHAs
They note that the phrases “near-earth object” (NEO) and “potentially hazardous asteroid” (PHA) are some of these astronomical terms used to categorize objects with extremely precise definitions.
Their article goes on and addresses more terms and the in-depth explanations and then continues and tells readers that, at least for now, there’s no need to worry about any asteroid hitting Earth and triggering an apocalypse which will end life here.
They write that NEOs are discovered on a daily basis.
“This includes some objects actually quite near to Earth, although those tend to be so small they’d probably mostly burn up in the atmosphere if they did impact us, as one did in 2018,” according to CNET.
We recommend that you head over to the original article titled: “How to figure out if a ‘killer’ asteroid is going to collide with Earth.”