Of all the things you can prep for, an asteroid really isn’t one of them. Surving an asteroid impact probably isn’t at the top of your stress list. If a large enough asteroid strikes the earth, preppers and the unprepared all go down in exactly the same manner. But I suppose we shouldn’t sweat what we can’t control, right? However, if an asteroid strike takes down the power grid and dismantles world governments, you’d definitely be thankful you were prepared. And it isn’t reasonable to assume that this couldn’t be the case.
Russian astronomers believe that an asteroid traveling at 23k miles an hour could collide with our planet on April 13, 2036, and kill millions and possibly cause a post-apocalyptic world.
Russian astronomers believe that an asteroid that’s 300 yards wide named Apophis could collide with our planet in 20 years.
The good news is, NASA doesn’t seem to agree having given the odds on this science being correct 250,000-to-1.
It all comes down to whether or not the asteroid passes through a gravitational keyhole. This space is small, and the asteroid must do so in 2029 for the potential for a destructive earth collision to become a realistic scenario. In this case, the earth’s powerful gravitational pull could help launch the asteroid onto a destructive path.
According to Daily Mail:
‘The situation is that in 2029, on April 13, Apophis flies very close to Earth, within five Earth radii, so that will be quite an event, but we’ve already ruled out the possibility of it hitting at that time,’ he told Life’s Little Mysteries.
‘On the other hand, if it goes through what we call a keyhole during that close Earth approach then it will indeed be perturbed just right so that it will come back and smack Earth on April 13, 2036.’
Professor Leonid Sokolov of the St Petersburg State University told the RiaNovosti website: ‘Apophis will approach Earth at a distance of 37,000-38,000 kilometers (per hour) on April 13, 2029.
‘Its likely collision with Earth may occur on April 13, 2036. Our task is to consider various alternatives and develop scenarios and plans of action depending on the results of further observations of Apophis.’
Russian scientists are taking the threat of the asteroid colliding with Earth a bit more serious than the United States is. In fact, they’ve looked into ways to knock it off course. The United States has programs that are designed to attempt to break up asteroids, but they’ve never been tested for efficiency.
Back in 2005, a former astronaut named Russell Schweikart attempted to sway Congress to take the threat of asteroids much more seriously. This was one year following “Apophis Asteroid” being declared the asteroid with the highest odds ever of striking the earth. Again, NASA has those odds at 1 in 250,000, but that isn’t encouraging enough for some who believe we need more preparation and investment in asteroid defense systems.
“It’s not just Apophis we’re looking at. Every country is at risk. We need a set of general principles to deal with this issue,” Schweickart, a member of the Apollo 9 crew that orbited the Earth in the 1960’s, told a conference in San Francisco.
What Happens If An Asteroid Strikes Earth?
There aren’t many worse scenarios than an asteroid striking our planet. But it is important to understand that our earth does have an intimate history with asteroid collisions. The Yucatan Penisula in Mexico is largely believed to be the result of an asteroid impact back 65 million years ago. The theory, as it goes, is that this particular asteroid destroyed most animal and plant life, including dinosaurs.
An asteroid strike destroys everything within the region is strikes, but it can also unleash earthquakes and tsunamis that travel around the globe. And these wouldn’t be just any normal terrifying tsunamis; they’d be megatsunamis.
The asteroid could cause so much dust that the sun would essentially disappear. We’d be in a canopy of particle canopy. Think nuclear winter.
And don’t take smaller asteroids for granted, the region of Winslow, Arizona took a hit from a “small asteroid” 50,000 years ago. That unleased the force of 500 powerful Hiroshima bombs.
The first line fo defense when it comes to asteroids is realizing that they are in route. If we can’t destroy or deflect it, then we’d need to learn as much information as possible on the coordinates of the point of impact. After this, we’d need to flee if we are anywhere near the impact zone.
Surviving An Asteroid Impact
This is where your prepper skills will treat you kindly. Your bug out bag essentials, your food storage, your ability to create clean water, you having a plan…all of these things will serve as benefits to your survival. Surviving an asteroid impact means the highest level of prepardness. Now, this doesn’t mean waste your time, nor take way focus from the very real, every day threats, such as weather and terroist attacks, it just means that you can always have a little thought processes left over for the good ol’ asteroid threat that will likely never happen (hopefully).
How We Stop An Asteroid
The Government might attempt several strategies to stop the asteroid from making a collision with earth. One strategy is to fire a nuclear bomb at the asteroid. As it stands, we aren’t capable of such action. However, with the dedication to the task, one would have to believe we could be in due time.
The major risk here is that the nuclear missile, pending we develop one that could reach the asteroid in a reasonable time, would just break the asteroid up into millions of pieces that would inevitably just slam into us like a shotgun’s rounds.
Another idea is to detonate a nuclear weapon near the asteroid hoping the pressure would shift the course of the deadly asteroid. The risk would be that we might still end up shattering it into pieces that would eventually land all over our planet. The problem is we’d need to find a way to send a nuclear weapon deep into space, much further than our existing capabilities will allow.
The problem with all these asteroid defense strategies is that they leave us enslaved to the government’s resources. We can’t depend on that. We must always be prepped and ready for anything, even an asteroid. Being prepared is good whether it is for a tornado, a lightning strike, a power grid hack or even an incoming asteroid.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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