The asteroid is 2.7 × 1010 kg in mass and is 450 metres in length. It is set to pass near Earth and hence a possible collision around 2036 or 2037. NASA has said there is a one-in-250,000 chance of it hitting in 2036 and a 1 in 12.3 million chance of it hitting in 2037.
The Russians are taking this seriously as “People’s lives are at stake,” according to Anatoly Perminov the head of Roscosmos. So they are going to try and divert it. They won’t say how.
They could use solar sails, rockets, bombs (think armageddon) among other ways.
Are they right to be worried? Do we only have 26 years left? Could we be thanking the Russians in a few years for saving our lives? Or are they just wasting money? Only time will tell!
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