Monster Asteroid To ‘Skim’ Earth Monday Morning
NASA Asteroid 2019 JB1, the assigned name of a massive asteroid, will skim earth on Monday morning. NASA is calling the asteroid’s path a “close trajectory.”
NASA’s California Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that Asteroid JB1 will shave the earth’s atmosphere in the wee hours of Monday morning. NASA says the asteroid JB1 will be traveling at 58,349.8mph. It will pass earth at a distance of 0.04305 astronomical units. That translates to four million miles. It doesn’t sound close, however, it’s closer than typical asteroid trajectories. And it serves as a reminder that asteroids are a threat to human civilization.
Asteroid JB1 is roughly the size of the Eiffel tower.
“If a rocky meteoroid larger than 25m but smaller than one kilometre – a little more than 1/2 miles – were to hit Earth, it would likely cause local damage to the impact area.
“We believe anything larger than one to two kilometres – one kilometre is a little more than one-half mile – could have worldwide effects.”
Asteroids are rocks broken free from early solar system activity. Such activity dates back over 4 billion years. NASA believes there are just under 800,000 asteroids soaring around our sun. The Toutatis asteroid is considered one of the most deadly. It makes frequent close passes to earth. NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office was created to help protect the earth from potentially deadly asteroid strikes.
There are some options that could help reduce the overall deadly impact of an asteroid strike. For example, the United States could use missiles to break up an asteroid and lessen the density of the strike. But overall, those in the path of the strike would likely meet their demise. The rest would need to rely on their preppers list to live in a potentially post-apocalyptic world.
Last week, NASA issued a chilling meteorite warning.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.