WASHINGTON, USA (International Feed) — According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an asteroid estimated to be about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza may hit the Earth on May 6, 2022.
Despite the “1 in 3,800 odds” — a measly 0.026 percent chance — of the asteroid crushing into the Earth, the worst-case scenario will surely be a scene similar to an apocalypse movie’s climax, or worse, as NASA intimated via The Daily Express on November 16.
The impact would be equal to the detonation of 230 kilotons of TNT if the “city-killer” asteroid, named JF1, is to hit Earth. That’s fifteen times stronger than the atomic bomb that struck Hiroshima in 1945, with 15 kilotons of energy destroying the entire city.
Even if the asteroid was to avoid civilization and hit “the remotest part of the Pacific Ocean,” the impact would still be powerful enough to cause devastating tsunamis and “nuclear winter,” the report said.
Scientists estimate that the massive asteroid is about 420 feet in diameter, or about 130 meters.
As a result of the potentially devastating impact of Asteroid JF1, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been monitoring the space rock for a decade now, beginning with its first discovery in 2009.
NASA JPL keeps an eye on the asteroid via Sentry, described as “a highly automated collision monitoring system that continuously scans the current asteroid database for future impact possibilities with Earth over the next 100 years.” (CFigueroa/IAMIGO/CNS)