VIA| Once again, it’s time to give that bomb shelter you built one summer a bit of a hoovering. Granted, this particular asteroid isn’t actually expected to hit earth, but nobody likes a dusty bunker. What’s more, the asteroid – called 86666 (2000 FL10) – has the devil’s number within its name. So I’m not taking any chances.
The asteroid is travelling at 40,000 miles per hour and though its size can only be estimated, it’s pretty fucking big. It’s more than 15 times the size of the next largest astroid currently on NASA’s radar. Back in March, an asteroid named 2014-YB35 had astronomers worried but, by comparison, is now laughable.
The most similar asteroid to have hit earth within living memory would be the 1908 Tunguska Event whereby an asteroid hit Siberia, flattening 80 million trees and creating an impact which measured 5 on the richter scale. However, this asteroid measured a comparatively negligible 50 metres.
However, NASA’s Near Earth Object programme (or NEO unit) estimates that 86666 (2000 FL10) will pass several million miles from earth. Science Advisor Rusty Schweickart stated that said 99% of the dangerous asteroids currently hurtling through space are currently undetected.
“This is the first organised opportunity for the general public to let their space agencies know that discovering the 99 per cent of currently unknown but dangerous asteroids that might hit with no warning is a high priority for them,” Schweickart said. “It enrolls the world public in our planet-wide effort to protect life on Earth from this preventable natural disaster.” How he plans to prevent a astroid impact, God only knows. I’m thinking Bruce Willis in Armageddon. But if we can’t stop an impeding astroid impact, at least we can pop to Earth 2.0