Are We Alone out here?

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In a recent blog post, NASA has deemed the 1994 PC1 a ‘potentially hazardous asteroid’ due to its size and distance from Earth. The object is approximately 3,280.8399 Feet (1 kilometer) feet wide and traveling at a speed of 45,000 miles per hour. Although it doesn’t currently pose any threat to us, NASA is keeping an eye on it in case its trajectory changes.

 

That would be the equivalence of to Empire State Building in New York. It will be passing 1.2 million miles from Earth, which is still quite close to us. 1994 PC1 was discovered in 1994 at the Siding Spring observatory in Australia by astronomer Robert McNaught. After the pass on Tuesday, the asteroid won’t come as close to the Earth for another two centuries, according to Universe Today, a space and astronomy news website.

Thousands of asteroids and dozens of comets are discovered every single year, some of which – called near-Earth objects (NEOs) – follow orbits that pass through the inner solar system. Now totaling about 28,000, their numbers rising daily, these objects are tracked carefully by NASA-funded astronomers in case any might pose an impact threat to our planet.

As we all know, Earth is under constant threat from objects in space. We are constantly hit by tiny particles, and sometimes larger objects pass close by. But there’s one type of object that people rarely worry about: asteroids and comets. Why is that? What makes these objects any more dangerous than the others?

Asteroids and comets are often considered more dangerous than other space objects because of their size. However, what many people don’t realize is that the number of particles that hit the Earth each day is much greater than asteroids and comets. Asteroids and comets are a bigger threat to Earth and what can be done to reduce the risk?

Some people may think asteroids and comets might seem like harmless bits of space debris, but they can actually do a lot of damage when they hit Earth. In fact, they pose a bigger threat to our planet than nuclear weapons. So what can be done to reduce the risk of an asteroid or comet strike? Scientists are exploring a number of different options, including deflecting objects with a spacecraft or using explosives to change their course. But we need to start planning now before it’s too late.

This serves as a reminder that there are many objects out there in space that we need to be aware of. So far, only about 10% of them have been cataloged! So if you’re feeling under-informed about space hazards, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

There are millions of Americans who are unaware of the dangers posed by space. These dangers can come from the natural environment of space, as well as spacecraft and other man-made objects. Without understanding these dangers, it is difficult to protect ourselves from them.

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