NASA has released details of an asteroid called JF1 heading for Earth. It is predicted that the rock with a diameter of a full 400 meters on May 6, 2022 collides with the planet, which has devastating consequences. The US Space Agency announced that if the current trajectory continues, the asteroid could strike with a force of 230 kilotons (230,000 tons TNT).
The impact would be more than 15 times greater than the impact of the atomic bomb. Hiroshima released energy in 1945, equivalent to about 15 kilotons of TNT.
Scientists said JF1 would immediately wipe out an entire city and potentially claim millions of deaths when impacted into a populated area.
They warn that devastating tsunamis and a "nuclear winter" that could have a serious impact on life on Earth are caused even in the very outermost part of the Pacific Ocean.
As a result, the asteroid marked Sentry
stated, "Sentry is a highly automated collision monitoring system that continuously searches the latest asteroid catalog for potential future impacts with Earth over the next 1
The space agency also said the likelihood of the rock colliding with the east was low on May 6, 2022.
This equates to a probability of 0.026% and a probability of more than 99% that Earth is missed.
They said that there is a "small but notable chance" that JF1 could hit the planet.
However, due to the sheer size of the asteroid, which is roughly the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza, it remains under surveillance.
Due to the danger of a future collision, space agencies around the world will develop ways to avert potential extinction.
Researchers and spacecraft engineers from across Europe and the US are working on a mission to "divert" a space rock and "prove technology as a viable method of planetary defense."  This mission is called Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) and will try to redirect the smaller part of a pre-selected double asteroid called Didymos.
In the first phase of the mission, a spaceship deliberately crashes into the space rock.
Then a second The ship will investigate the crash site and collect data on the effects of the collision.
NASA is already working on a ship called the Double Asteroid Impact Test, while Italy is sending a minisatellite to collect data during the mission.
The mission of the European Space Agency [ESA] named Hera will perform "a close-up of the asteroid after impact" and collect important information such as the composition of the asteroid and the size of the crater left after the impact.
Ian Carnelli, controller of the ESA Hera mission, said: "DART can complete his mission without Hera. The effect of its impact on the orbit of the asteroid can only be measured with terrestrial observatories. "