Merely imagining the impact of a meteor strike is a spine-tingling experience. Imagine the chaos if it happened where you live.

Everything would crash, burn, and cease to exist. Sadly, it looks like a meteor could hit sooner than most people imagined.

There have been plenty of similar rumors in the past, but the sources were never credible. Things are quite different this time as NASA sent a public working against a potential meteor strike.

NASA’S chief, Jim Bridenstine, received an invitation to speak at the Planetary Defense conference organized by the International Astronautics Academy.

He spoke extensively about the possibility of a massive meteor strike on earth.

The audience couldn’t believe what he was saying but soon understood that he wasn’t mincing his words.

Jim further stated that meteor strikes are vastly different from their depiction in Hollywood movies.

They are uglier and leave astronomical damage in their wake.

He also elaborated on the importance of protecting the earth.

Has There Been Meteor Strikes Before?

A gigantic meteor entered the earth’s atmosphere, and violently landed in a central Russian city, known as Chelyabinsk.

It was traveling at a rapid 40,000 miles per hour’s pace and was above twenty meters.

People who witnessed the meteor crashing into the city claimed that it was brighter than the sun after entering the earth’s atmosphere.

Every Chelyabinsk resident felt the meteor’s heat long before it came crashing into the city.

It exploded almost eighteen miles above the ground, and its impact was thirty times higher than the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima. The damage was colossal and impacted six cities.

What’s most disturbing about meteor strikes is that they are not as unique as most people believe. Instead, these occurrences are quite regular.

Everything You Need To Know About Impact Events

Experts define impact events as a collision occurring between objects from outer space.

In most cases, the effects caused by these crashes are quite significant. History is full of physical consequences associated with such events, and surprisingly, they occur quite frequently.

Meteoroids, comets, and asteroids are arguably the most common astronomical objects involved in impact events.

As discussed earlier, there could be drastic biospheric and physical consequences when massive objects hit terrestrial planets like the earth.

Several experts believe that impact events play a significant part in the solar system’s evolution.

Significant impact events shaped the earth’s history and played a role in the earth-moon system’s formation and various mass extinctions.

There have been hundreds of such incidents throughout the earth’s recorded history. Some of them resulted in property damage, injuries, deaths, and other drastic consequences.

The infamous Tunguska event in Siberia, Russia, and the Chelyabinsk meteor incidents mentioned above are two of the most catastrophic occurrences that resulted in deaths and injuries.

The Mainstream Media Should Take These Warnings More Seriously

Mainstream outlets are not taking the warnings by NASA’s chief seriously. A significant reason for this is that there have been several similar reports over the past decade, and none became true.

So, the media believes that these warnings are the same. However, they must consider that this plea for caution comes straight from NASA’s head.

It is the only organization that extensively researches space, planets, and every other element associated with them.

What Are The Scientists Doing?

Hundreds of researchers and scientists are actively researching and testing strategies to prevent the meteor shower from significantly impacting countries.

They are conducting their tests considering various possibilities and their outcomes.

A gigantic meteor exploded over our atmosphere a couple of years ago.

What’s most surprising about this event is that nobody knew about it until recently.

The fireball did not damage as it flew over the Pacific Ocean, in the middle of Alaska and Russia.

Scientists are testing space debris, and meteor remains to understand how they could minimize or eliminate the crash.

NASA’s Jim Bridenstine belongs to an elite group of scientists and researchers tasked by the government to create a plan for incoming space debris and meteor showers.

The team actively searches for warning signs throughout the day and alerts the concerning authorities whenever they notice a disturbance.

The Importance Of Creating A Specialized Space Program

Experts across the globe are stressing the importance of a space program to tackle this issue.

Luckily, these programs do exist, but NASA does not fully utilize it.

The organization claims that budget issues and various risks are the main reason behind their hesitation.

However, one could argue that the dangers that meteor crashes pose are significantly more severe than other issues.

That said, NASA could do a U-turn on its statements and start considering its space program seriously.

Those who do not know these specialized projects could help avoid the damage caused by meteor showers by alerting experts beforehand.

Meteor Showers Could Destroy Countries

While there haven’t been instances where meteor showers ended countries, researchers say that it is possible.

Most of the debris that fell throughout history was not large enough to make a massive impact. Nations have been quite lucky in that regard.

However, a large chunk could be quite problematic, so much so that it could cause a national disaster. It is a significant reason why NASA experts are pleading governments to take matters like these seriously.

We cannot ride our luck and hope that the next strike would be harmless too. Instead, we must prepare for the worst, ensuring that the earth and its inhabitants remain safe.

Is This Meteor Strike A Certainty?

Individuals following this development know that these warnings issued by NASA are no joke.

Unlike the rumors in the previous years, we could genuinely be in danger of a meteor crash. However, there have been plenty of reports that proved to be a false alarm.

Nature works in mysterious ways to sustain life. Let us hope that it works in our favor again while we also try our best to diminish this meteor’s impact.

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