According to NASA expects, a possible deadly Asteroid may impact the Earth in February 2013.
In approximately eleven months, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be making it’s closest approach to Earth which will be about 27,000 km, or about 16,700 miles. To put this in perspective, this is closer than some of our current man-made satellites orbiting the Earth at this very moment.
If the Asteroid were to impact Earth then the blast could be as deadly as the destructive power of a thermo-nuclear bomb or the Tunguska Asteroid, which impacted in 1908 causing damage to about 830 Sq miles. Though theories have said that Tunguska exploded over the region of Siberia, and that the impact could have been as devastating as the Hiroshima A bombing.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 was first discovered last month by the Spanish stargazers. The Asteroid is about 40 and 95 meters in diameter and it comes from the Apollo region of Asteroids. Though current trajectory predicts that the Asteroid will miss Earth by about 26,900 km, experts over at NASA don’t want to take any chances since the Asteroid will come so close by. If it does enter Earth’s atmosphere then it might break into smaller pieces and burn up, but in the event that it doesn’t break apart; NASA will be preparing to intercept the Asteroid.
A spaceship is what most of the experts agree on, however at the current moment this may be impossible as most spaceships take around two years to build. The Asteroid is set to impact within a year, which isn’t enough time to prepare one.
Their second plan is to paint the Asteroid. Yes that’s right, paint it. If the Asteroid were to be painted this would effect the amount of sunlight that is being reflected and it would change the spin of the Asteroid, causing its route to change. The only danger with this is that the Asteroid would come back in 2056, making it even more dangerous.
In the event that either of these don’t work, then NASA and the government’s best bet to is calculate where the object will impact and to begin an evacuation of that area when the time comes.