One of the goals of NEOShield is to spread awareness about Asteroid Threat, partner and conduct education activities in universities and schools alongwith our special NEOShield Agents who who undertake the mission activities.
Is the Threat Real?
Earth is hit every day by small bits of space dust. Slightly larger chunks burn up colorfully in the atmosphere, causing the shooting stars you see in the sky. Occasionally even bigger rocks hit our atmosphere; they are known as fireballs, because the light from them burning up is particularly bright. These tend to smack the Earth a few times a year and may produce a few fragments for rock-hunters to find.
No imminently threatening bodies have been found yet, but it’s clear that sooner or later Earth will be struck by something big.
It is clear that even small bodies can pose a threat; the asteroid that broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013 was roughly 56 feet (17 meters) across, shattering glass and injuring hundreds of people.
In 1908, an estimated 130-foot (40-meter) object exploded over Siberia and flattened trees over 825 square miles (2,137 square kilometers).
Around 50,000 years ago, before human civilization began, a rock about 150 feet wide (46 meters) smacked into what is now called Arizona. It left behind Meteor Crater, which is roughly 0.7 miles (1.2 kilometers) wide today.
Even bigger collisions happened far in the past. The dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago by an object about 6 miles (10 km) wide, which left behind a 110-mile (180 km) crater in Mexico known as Chicxulub. But that’s nothing compared to evidence of another impactor found in 2014. A rock formation in our planet’s crust pointed to a possible impactor 23 to 36 miles (37 to 58 kilometers) across that smacked into Earth 3.26 billion years ago, just a few million years after life evolved.
Let’s together spread the awareness and educate wisely!
A global awareness movement has begun that brings people from around the world together to learn about asteroids and to discuss and propose how and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations.
NEOShield is making significant efforts in this, we are partners with imminent universities and schools not just in Germany or EU but around the world.
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