STATES CHRONICLE – On October 30, an asteroid threatened Earth when passing right beside our planet. NASA’s alert system has registered a possible threat as the unidentified object passed by our planet. This object approached so much to Earth that it only avoided us by 310,000 miles. To establish a comparison, our natural satellite, the moon, orbits around Terra at only 240,000 miles from the surface.
Astronomers were able to identify this object due to NASA’s experimental alert program which was meant to detect the alarming space residues which pass by our planet. NASA argued that this asteroid was categorized to be one of the many other which have lately been on the verge of entering our atmosphere.
Many other international systems are currently working on enhancing their techniques to discover potential threats from cosmos. Recently, a lot of experts became to feel troubled when the question of protecting Earth arisen. They needed to develop a protection system able to monitor whenever an imminent disaster was going to harm the planet.
For hundreds of years, everybody thought that it is very unlikely for us to be in danger because of Near Earth Objects (NEO) passing by. When astronomers began to notice the level of exposure to such terrible impacts, they started working on tests to determine NEO detection and asteroid redirection. Scientists plan to develop such a technology which will certainly determine us to feel safe whenever an asteroid threatens Earth.
Based on the analysis of the International Astronomical Union, this year was registered approximately 1,500 NEOs which flew passed our planet. The imminent danger of being hit was avoided so many times that is sounds like fantasy. More recent studies have shown that the number of possible impacts has risen to 15,000. Astronomers need to be aware of the importance of a technique which needs to be designed to spot and disrupt a potentially harmful asteroid.
Regarding this problem, NASA had developed the Scout system which is a computer program meant to identify outer space potential threats with the help of a NASA telescope. If the program detects identified object approaching our atmosphere, then it will instruct the telescope to track the course of the object. Davide Farnocchia from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab has argued that Scout’s primary purpose is to speed up the identifying process to avoid any danger.
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