(ORDO NEWS) — Chinese experts have analyzed the global database of asteroids and calculated how they will behave in the orbit of our planet.
They managed to establish that more than 700 cosmic bodies in the next hundred years can crash into the Earth. If we talk about the total number of asteroids, then there can be from one hundred thousand and up to a million.
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The risk of collision of our planet with an asteroid is minimal. Moreover, most of the objects have a diameter that does not exceed the mark of 100 meters.
At the same time, it must be remembered that they all have a sufficiently large indicator of kinetic energy, which can cause catastrophic consequences and numerous destructions.
The scientists also added that the abundance of asteroids, as well as their small size, make the tracking process more problematic.
In order to establish as accurately as possible the risks of a collision, as well as to be able to know in advance about the approach of asteroids, special equipment is required, as well as detailed algorithms to establish the orbit of an object.
Until now, scientists have not tracked those space objects whose diameter did not reach 100 meters. It is generally accepted that most of these asteroids will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. But it is also possible that some can still reach the surface of the planet and cause significant harm to humanity.
For example, the Chelyabinsk asteroid, the size of which did not exceed 19 meters, provoked a shock wave 30 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
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