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The European Space Agency and several other agencies are meeting this week to discuss the deflection of asteroids (stock)

Nearly 900 asteroids run the risk of hitting the earth & # 39; in the next 100 years, the European Space Agency warns if someone is buzzing this week

  • This week, the European Space Agency meets various partners in Europe
  • They will discuss how to protect the earth against asteroids that could fall on it
  • However unlikely, ESA says that 878 asteroids could hit the Earth in 100 years
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According to the European Space Agency, according to the European Space Agency, 878 asteroids currently run the risk of hitting the earth in the next 100 years.

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The agency added that an impact from even a small asteroid could lead to & # 39; serious destruction & # 39; and, to reduce the risk of a collision, the ESA and several other groups started looking for asteroids together.

They are also developing technology to ward off space stones and will discuss potential tactics at various meetings throughout Europe in the coming days.

It comes when NASA warned of an asteroid larger than the Empire State Building that will pass the Earth this week.

The European Space Agency and several other agencies are meeting this week to discuss the deflection of asteroids (stock)

The European Space Agency and several other agencies are meeting this week to discuss the deflection of asteroids (stock)

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The space rock, called the 2000 QW7, flies past the planet on Saturday at more than 14,000 miles per hour.

Although it should only come within 3.3 million miles of Earth, it is considered by NASA as a & # 39; close approach & # 39; considered.

The asteroid has an estimated diameter of somewhere between 951 and 2133 meters, which means that it would be the second highest building on earth.

According to NASA policy, every fast-moving space object within a distance of 4.65 million miles from the Earth becomes & # 39; potentially dangerous & # 39; considered.

The ESA said: & # 39; This ESA catalog bundles all the asteroids that we know and that have an & # 39; & # 39; non-zero & # 39; & # 39; have a chance to influence the Earth over the next 100 years – meaning that an impact, however unlikely, cannot be excluded. & # 39;

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The first meeting will take place between today and Friday in Rome, where experts will discuss NASA's plans to crash its DART spacecraft into the 160-meter asteroid, Didymos-B.

About 900 asteroids are listed as being at risk for hitting the earth within 100 years, although some have a low risk

About 900 asteroids are listed as being at risk for hitting the earth within 100 years, although some have a low risk

About 900 asteroids are listed as being at risk for hitting the earth within 100 years, although some have a low risk

Experts will meet in Munich on the weekend to discuss asteroid 2006 QV89, which the earth missed on September 9.

Finally, on 16 and 17 September, the ESA will organize an emergency response workshop in Darmstadt, Germany, with civil protection agencies from six countries, including Germany, Switzerland and the US, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Nations.

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The ESA added: & # 39; These three meetings illustrate the breadth of activities that are currently taking place around the world to reduce the risk of an asteroid impact, to ensure early warnings of such a threat and to respond to prepare Earth in the unlikely event of a strike – the planetary defense is warming up! & # 39;

IS EARTH SUITABLE FOR A GREAT ASTEROID IMPACT?

Researchers have discovered most of the asteroids that are about a kilometer in size, but are now hunting for those of about 140 meters – because they can cause catastrophic damage.

Although no one knows when the next major impact will occur, scientists are under pressure to predict – and intercept – its arrival.

Artist & # 39; s impression shown

Artist & # 39; s impression shown

Artist & # 39; s impression shown

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"Sooner or later we will have … a small or large impact," said Rolf Densing, who heads the European Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, prior to the International Asteroid Day on Friday.

It may not happen in our lives, he said, but & # 39; the risk of ever being hit by a devastating event is very high. & # 39;

For now there is little we can do.

And yet, the very first mission to crash a probe into a small space rock to change its trajectory encountered a major setback when European ministers refused to finance part of the project in December.

& # 39; We are not ready to defend ourselves & # 39; against an earthbound object, Densing said. & # 39; We have no active planetary defenses. & # 39;

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Source: AFP

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