Study shows the catastrophic impact of an asteroid collision with Earth

Space agencies have ruled out any asteroid hitting Earth anytime soon, but are monitoring any possibility of that happening.
The researchers created simulations to see how much damage an asteroid could cause to Earth, and depending on the size of the asteroid, its impact could be an extinction event.
What would happen if an asteroid collided with Earth?
If you’ve seen the movie “Don’t Look Up”, you may be worried about possible asteroid impacts, The Sun reported on Friday.
However, not all asteroids will mean the end of humanity, as the space rock must be too big to kill us all.

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Scientists believe that the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was about 7.5 miles wide.
And if an asteroid of this size hits Earth today, things will change instantly due to the force of the impact and its impact on the environment.
Experts believe that we will face fires, shock waves, heat radiation, a large crater, acid rain, and giant tsunamis, especially if the asteroid collides with water.
“All the ash from the fires and all the fine grain residue from the impact will remain suspended in the atmosphere for a long time, and we get what is called the winter effect,” the source quoted Brett Scheringhausen, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Beloit College.

“The sun’s rays, and all the ash falling into the ocean will lead to acidity in the upper layers,” he added.
“This will lead to fires, killing everything in the ocean, freezing the ground, and continuing for two years of continuous winter,” he explained.
Scheringhausen denies that all life on Earth will die after the collision, and he justified this by the survival of some creatures from the asteroid strike, which led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
“If humans take the right precautions, they may be able to survive as well.”
Britt Scheringhausen
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Beloit College
Not everything will die, Scheringhausen explained. If we think of humans, the way to survive is to be underground.”
“Maybe you can stay in shelters if you have the supplies to get through that period of winter when you can’t grow any edible food,” he noted.

He explained, “Maybe the hard crops that people want to grow will not come, but the seed bunkers will do the job, if they are stored properly, it can be replanted at a later stage.”
Plans to save Earth from asteroids
Some experts worry that Earth is not yet ready to defend itself from potentially deadly asteroids.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, raised the alarm by tweeting, “A big rock will eventually hit the Earth and we have no defense at the moment.”

But NASA is looking into some defense tactics, recently launching a test mission to deflect a possible asteroid’s path.
“DART is the first-ever mission dedicated to investigating and demonstrating a single method for asteroid deflection by altering the motion of an asteroid in space through kinetic impact,” NASA said.
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