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Monday, April 29, 2019

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid

                                      

                                  NASA and FEMA and many other international agencies and organizations are planning a hypothetical impact preparedness scenario this week. In this fictional senario they say there is a 1% chance that one of the Asteroids that they have been tracking could impact around 2027. On March 26, 2019 astronomers found something that appeared dimmer than Pluto in the night sky. They have named it 2019 PDC. Again 2019 PDC is fictional Astetoid fabricated for the joint international agencies to practice. Even though there are fake Asteroids for the operations they were inspired by real possible threats. 99942 Apophis is among the most infamous near-Earth objects. When astronomers at Kitt Peak National Observatory discovered it in 2004, they initially calculated a 2.7 percent chance that it would hit Earth and assigned it a level 4 on the Torino Scale, the highest assignment for a near-Earth object ever. Here is two links to an article about it published by Gizmodo.

Link to hypothetical Asteroid operations.                                                                                   Link to an Asteroid that inspired the operations                                                                                                                                   

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