On Saturday at 12:42 a.m. EDT the Asteroid 2013 LR6 was closest to earth. (Which means 65,000 miles over the Southern Ocean, south of Tasmania, Australia.) The Asteroid had been discovered, and reported by NASA, a day before. Luckily this asteroid didn’t pose a threat. Apparently there have been many more Asteroids close to earth recently. There was the Asteroid a week ago, who actually brought it’s own moon with it, which passed 3.6 million miles from Earth. An other one on February 15th exploded in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia. This time the Asteroid did cause injury on earth. More than 1,500 people were injured by flying glass, and debris. That wasn’t all the Asteroid activity that day, even thought these two weren’t related, the second Asteroid passed Earth closer than the networks of communication satellites that ring the planet. The question should be raised if this means that the near miss of Saturday, could mean that a larger one is headed toward earth?
Astronomer Gianluca Masi seems to think so. He believes that it’s theoretically possible that there can be a collision between Asteroids, and planet Earth. Masi made this statement while being on a webcast where he was showing live images of the approaching Asteroid. NASA did talk about large Asteroids, they consider Asteroids large when it’s more than 0.65 miles in diameter or larger, with orbits that will bring them quite close to earth. There might indeed be cause for concern, because 65 million years ago, an object with that size hit planet Earth, and started a global climate change which might have been responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs, including other life forms on our planet. NASA is doing more than reporting the near miss of the Asteroid on Saturday. (They might also be wondering if it could mean a larger one is headed towards earth.) They have reported that they are working on tracking smaller objects that fly near Earth. The reason for this might be that smaller objects indicate a bigger one yet to come.
Internet users all over the world are worried and feel like the government isn’t paying enough attention to this issue. The government seems more concerned with monitoring internet usages, and phone calls instead of looking for the big Asteroid that might not be so considerate, and passes earth from a far enough distance. We could all be in danger, and it wouldn’t be terrorists who might attack us, food that might be out to clot our arteries, and kill us or that gun that wasn’t properly stashed away. We might actually be in danger of “the sky falling on our heads” like most cartoon characters like to say. This time they might be right. Let NASA not forget to look for a possible bigger Asteroid which might be headed towards earth. This time, as they reported, it was a near miss on Saturday but the next one might be different. It might not mean anything or it might mean that we will be headed towards a huge disaster. We should get proper answers, and more protection from our government. Danger is now out there instead of only on Earth.
By Georgina Pijttersen