If an asteroid is speeding towards Earth, an astronomer tells one thing you should avoid. » Brinkwire

November 25, 2021 at 09:04

If an asteroid is speeding towards Earth, an astronomer tells one thing you should avoid.

Despite the fact that civilization-threatening asteroids are expected to strike only every 1,000 to 2,000 years, Professor Alan Duffy has provided some sound suggestions on how to defend yourself if it occurs sooner.

An astronomy specialist has offered his advice on what to do if an asteroid is discovered to be coming towards Earth.

Professor Alan Duffy, director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute, has advised us to “don’t look at it” if a massive boulder of space rock is heading our way.

The obvious-sounding suggestion came from Duffy to the I’ve Got News For You podcast.

He stated, ” “The greatest counsel I can provide is to avoid looking at this object at all costs.

“The brilliance of the glare from these things burning up in the sky will make it difficult not to.

“That’s actually what caused a lot of the injuries in Chelyabinsk (a meteor strike in Russia in 2013), people looking up at this enormous burning fireball in the sky, whose brightness was essentially that of the Sun by the time it finally erupted, causing a lot of retina damage – so make sure you’re not looking right at it.”

The light from the Chelyabinsk hit was brighter than the sun and could be seen up to 100 kilometers distant.

This “don’t look” warning comes only days after NASA launched a rocket at an asteroid to see if it’s feasible to push such a massive object racing through space to change course — in the hopes of devising a method to safeguard Earth.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission was launched yesterday by a SpaceX explosive-packed rocket, and the missile is scheduled to target Dimorphos in September 2022.

Professor Duffy did say, however, that an asteroid colliding with Earth is “certainly not our largest problem,” and that Dimorphos, which measures roughly 160 meters in diameter, is merely known as a “city killer.”

“Those things are going to reach the earth around once every 1000 or 2000 years,” he continued, “so it’s not a super rare occurrence by geological measures, but it’s probably not anything we’ll be worried about tomorrow.”

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