Science enthusiasts are fascinated by the subjects involving space rocks, and researchers’ attention has also been drawn to these for quite a while.
Experts are making massive efforts to find potential strategies to counter such cosmic threats.
As you know by now, the potentially hazardous objects that are passing our planet are called NEOs – Near-Earth Objects, and there are being made efforts for a defense strategy.
Searching for a defense strategy
The Express online publication reveals that Jonathan “Jay” Tate, director of the Spaceguard Centre in Wales, monitors the skies for potential threats and believes that a lot could be done to prevent potential collision with Earth.
He recently addressed the methods to be used in hunting down NEOs and explained:
“In the long term, ablation, gravity tractor, kinetic impactor – these are all technologies that we understand and could deploy with a reasonable amount of notice”.
He also said that is asteroid were to pop up at the last moment coming towards Earth, there might be only one choice for humanity – the last resort: a nuclear warhead.
“Deflection is the way to go, obviously you don’t want to try and destroy it, because you won’t and you’ll turn a bullet into a shotgun blast”, Tate said. He also explained that there are a few problems that come with the method.
“It’s a standoff detonation to vaporize the surface”, he explained about the potential nuclear blast, and added that the vapor “will jet outwards and act like a little motor pushing the asteroid the other way”.
Asteroid impact probability
Anyway, regardless of all this, the probability that our planet is hit by an apocalyptic space rock is close to zero.
It’s been reported that, based on current calculations, the probability of such a disaster – an apocalyptic impact just like the one that killed all the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is really low during our lifetime, at least.