Also known as "Myke Hunt"
- Mar 14, 2005
- The North American Foundry
- 2014 Volkswagen Jetta
That's total meteorites, not asteroids. Asteroids are at least tens of meters across, not the usual rock-the-size-of-a-briefcase you're talking about. Also, the ones in the tens of meters are quite small and they usually get picked up only if they get close to Earth. So most of the ones observed are usually into the hundreds.How can you tell when new telescopes came online?
Also, we're not killed cause most of those are small enough to burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere. There's a reported 125 strikes per hour.
Because of the speed that the "crap" is traveling at. These asteroids have such huge momentum that the Earth's gravity isn't strong enough to even put them in orbit, never mind suck them in. So for an impact to happen it has to be really close, such as close enough to skid through the very high upper atmosphere, thus creating an air-brake effect, or it has to be a direct bulls-eye. In 2027 a huge rock is going to come very close to earth (about the distance to geostationary orbit - TV satellites for those that don't know-, well within the moon's orbit) and it will still miss, just to give you a point of reference.Shit we live next to a bunch of crap. How are we not killed by crap raining down on us again?
And since it needs to be a bulls-eye, the probability drops astronomically (pun intended) once you look at the real scale of our solar system (not depicted in the video).
An asteroid 1 km in diameter is large enough to be a global calamity. The one that wiped out the dinosaurs was only 12 km in diameter. We got hit by much bigger before that, which caused even larger extinction events.Wohoo! We're safe from that too! No volcanoes, no earthquakes, no asteroid impacts.