Scientists are suggesting that there is a great possibility that in February of 2013 a 60-meter asteroid known as2012 DA14 will pass within 16,700 miles from Earth. That is closer then many geosynchronous satellites in orbit.
To avert a possible disaster some scientists are suggesting to confront the asteroid with paint or weapons. However, it could take two years to even build a craft to make it to the asteroid. There is a great chance that the asteroid will collide with Earth but there needs to be more calculations to estimate the potential threat and how to actually work out how to avert a possible disaster.
NASA expert Dr. David Dunham told students at Russia’s University of Electronics and Mathematics.
“The Earth’s gravitational field will alter the asteroid’s path significantly. Further scrupulous calculation is required to estimate the threat of collision,” said Dr. Dunham, as transcribed by Russia’s Izvestia. “The asteroid may break into dozens of small pieces, or several large lumps may split from it and burn up in the atmosphere. The type of the asteroid and its mineral structure can be determined by spectral analysis. This will help predict its behavior in the atmosphere and what should be done to prevent the potential threat,” said Dr. Dunham.
In the event of a collision, scientists have determined that the energy released would equate to the destructive power of a thermo-nuclear bomb.