With all the excessive-tech at NASA’s disposal, you’d suppose that they’d have seen a 427-foot-vast asteroid barreling in the direction of Earth, however generally issues slip previous their watch. On Friday, the massive asteroid, now named 2019 OK, got within 45,000 miles of Earth as it passed.
Whereas which may seem to be an astronomical number, that is only 20% of the space between the Earth and the moon, so in common phrases, that qualifies as a pretty narrow miss.2019 OK is classified as a “city killer” asteroid, which might hit Earth with the pressure of multiple nuclear bombs and will destroy whole cities. Whereas NASA and other agencies have the technology to trace objects like this, there is not sufficient funding to look at every single one. NASA manages to track less than one-third of the most important asteroids.
Analysis teams in Brazil and the US only observed 2019 OK about a weeks earlier than it passed, long after the time wanted to do something to deflect or destroy it if Earth was in its path.
Australian astronomer Alan Duffy encouraged the world’s governments to take threats like this severe and increase astronomer’s funding with the intention to keep away from a catastrophic event. As a result of this is 2019 and the world appears to be on fire anyway, Twitter, of course, had jokes concerning the asteroid.