June 21, 2017
A leading astrophysicist has warned the next asteroid strike is just a matter of time as thousands of potentially threatening objects circle Earth.
Dr Alan Fitzsimmons has said it is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen, with more asteroids being discovered every day.
An unexpected strike in today’s world could easily destroy a major city and a larger one could potentially wipe out humanity, the expert warned.
‘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’, said Dr Fitzsimmons from Queen’s University Belfast Astrophysics Research Centre.
‘Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there are many more waiting to be found.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:59 am