It’s like something out of a movie from the nineties. Remember Deep Impact or Armageddon? Both movies had a similar plot where a large extraterrestrial object is heading toward Earth and has the potential to wipe out the entire human race.
While these are great ideas for movie plots their not so great when it comes to real life. Scientists at NASA are now saying this could be a possibility for us within a few years. Astronomers predict that a potential asteroid collision with Earth could happen in 2022.
According to Brobible,
NASA is giving everyone plenty of time to prepare for a potential asteroid collision with the Earth. Astronomers have provided the exact date that a city-killer asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza could potentially smash into Earth.
Asteroid JF1 is heading towards our planet, and there is a slight chance that the space rock could collide with Earth. The asteroid has a diameter of over 420 feet or roughly the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt…
If JF1 smashes into Earth, the impact will release 15 kilotons of TNT, which would be more than 15 times larger than the atomic bomb that decimated Hiroshima in 1945.
An asteroid of this size is classified as a “city-killer” because the space rock is large enough to pierce through the atmosphere without breaking up and obliterate an entire city. If the asteroid missed the land and splashed down in the ocean, it could unleash a powerful tsunami that could kill a large number of people.
This leaves NASA plenty of time to come up with a solution and do something about it. A few possible options are to shoot missiles into it to break it up and reduce damage or possible steer it off course.