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DEATH FROM SKIES: Asteroids have missed major cities by sheer luck, scientists say

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/20/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Earth has been struck by far more asteroids than was previously believed

Barring an incident in Russia last year, asteroids striking the Earth have had very little impact on human life so far that large-scale asteroids have struck Earth three to ten times more often over the past decade than previously thought.

One asteroid, believed to have hit Earth 3.26 billion years ago, was 36 miles wide, which scientists said was six times bigger than the blast which wiped out dinosaurs.

One asteroid, believed to have hit Earth 3.26 billion years ago, was 36 miles wide, which scientists said was six times bigger than the blast which wiped out dinosaurs.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/20/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Asteroids, impact, luck, NASA


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Presented by three former NASA employees, including two astronauts, the report revealed the full extent of the explosions that have rattled humankind.

The experts are expected to announce that the only thing "preventing a city-killer size asteroid is blind luck."

Scheduled on the same day as Earth Day, in order to remind people of the importance of protecting the environment, will reveal the findings of the nuclear weapons warning network.

Referred to as small planets, there are believed to millions of asteroids in the solar system. Solid and formed of rock-like material, they are believed to have been left over from the time the planets were first formed.

The group says that since 2001 it has detected 26 explosions, which it claims are down to asteroids hitting the planet.

As to why the explosions have not been in the public eye is because the hits have taken place in remote locations.

Phys.org revealed that the group, named B612 Foundation, will present its findings at Seattle's Museum of Flight.

"This network has detected 26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001, all of which are due to asteroid impacts," according to a recent press release from the foundation's CEO, Ed Lu, a physicist who worked for NASA until 2007, says.

"It shows that asteroid impacts are NOT rare-but actually three to 10 times more common than we previously thought.

"The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a 'city-killer' sized asteroid is blind luck.

"The goal of the B612 Sentinel mission is to find and track asteroids decades before they hit Earth, allowing us to easily deflect them."

Lu will present the findings with Space Shuttle astronaut Tom Jones and Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders.

One asteroid, believed to have hit Earth 3.26 billion years ago, was 36 miles wide, which scientists said was six times bigger than the blast which wiped out dinosaurs.

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