This Monday, the best minds of mankind gathered the seventh conference on planetary security under the auspices of the International Academy of Astronautics. The main goal of the conference was to conduct a computer simulation of the collision of an asteroid with the Earth. The results, spoiler, are disappointing.
If two years ago at a similar event it turned out that an asteroid would wipe New York from the face of the earth, then this time an unenviable fate will befall the three-hundred-kilometer zone between Prague and Munich. Scientists have calculated that the blow will affect the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. And such destruction can be brought not by a giant space stone, but by a small (by space standards, of course) stone 140 meters wide.
NASA is carrying out calculations regarding the asteroid Dimorphosis, which, according to the agency, is moving closer to our planet and a collision with which may happen sometime in late 2022. To avoid such a sad scenario, the DART program was created – scientists plan to slow down the asteroid by pushing it into a spacecraft. But scientists also noticed that this should be done a couple of years before the alleged collision – otherwise the energy simply will not be enough for such a sharp change in the course of the asteroid.