Huge Asteroid Set to End the World and Scientists Don’t Know How to Stop It

By: | October 13th, 2014

Over the long timescales of Earth’s history, asteroids have hammered our planet from time to time . For example, K/T impact, an asteroid about 65 million years ago made a huge explosion that supposedly resulted in the end of the age of the dinosaurs.

Now scientists think 2880 is the year the world will end, as asteroid 1950 DA is hurtling through space and has a risk of striking our planet, which could cause several collisions with the earth with devastating consequences.

1950 DA asteroid is a huge rock having a diameter of around one kilometer. It is traveling at a speed of 14 kilometers per second and is expected to hit Earth at a speed of 61,000 kilometers per hour and with the force of around 44,800 megatons of TNT.

It is rotating so fast that at its equator, 1950 DA effectively experiences negative gravity.

But the best part is, the probability of an impact from 1950 DA is only 0.3%. However, this represents a risk 50% greater than an impact from all other asteroids. Scientists say there is no immediate cause for concern as they are closer to finding the solution of how to stop this asteroid. If it’s any comfort, at least they have more than 800 years to find a solution.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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