The discovery of a monstrous asteroid that could destroy the Earth has become a hot topic in World End News 2016. The report sparks fear of an apocalypse.
Astronomer Zhao Haibin discovered the asteroid Wednesday. The astronomer was using China’s largest telescope at the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing.
Asteroid 2009ES Power Similar To 3 Billion Bombs
This asteroid has a destructive force equivalent to three billion nuclear bombs, according to Daily Star.
A 1.2-meter Schmidt telescope captured the image of the asteroid 2009ES. In fact, it is just one of the 1,640 near-Earth asteroids moving towards the Earth.
Scientists have yet to ascertain the asteroid’s path. In the meantime, scientists are closely monitoring the asteroid’s movement. Presumably, a minor change in its flight path might mean the end of the human race.
Haibin explains the images of the asteroid would help astronomers determine its correct path.
If the asteroid crashed into Earth, the explosion will be devastating. As a result, the effects would be similar to the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
As a result of the asteroid’s discovery, conspiracy theorists have renewed interest in World End News 2016.
In fact, survivalist Tom Lupshu described the effect of a direct impact as “disastrous.” Lupshu creates YouTube videos about perceived threats to humanity,
On the other hand, NASA dismisses the possible collision between Earth and an asteroid.
NASA Holds Collision Simulation
Meanwhile, NASA and FEMA conducted a simulation on the collision of Earth and an asteroid.
“It’s not a matter of if — but when — we will deal with such a situation,” Thomas Zurbuchen said. Zurbuchen is an associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
On the other hand, the exercise focused on a response to a possible impact of a fictitious asteroid on Earth on September 20, 2020.
The simulation estimates the “asteroid’s” size to be between 300 and 800 feet (100 and 250 meters). The possible points of impact include a narrow area that crossed the entire United States.