The most dangerous object for the earth.
I have always wondered what the most dangerous known object for the Earth will be, and comets or asteroids always come to mind, this is in the short and long term and it is precisely because of the damage it can cause.
August passed and you have recently heard about the tears of San Lorenzo or the Perseid meteor shower. They were recently, in the middle of August, since this meteor shower is meteors produced by the debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, they are pretty, they are harmless, they seem beautiful to us on August nights, but in reality they are a warning, an alert that the cosmos is giving us.
The cosmos is telling us with this meteor shower that if we are seeing the tail of the comet's remains, it means that the comet is crossing the path of the earth, so at some point in the future the comet could crash into the earth or into the moon, because the moon is our companion and follows the same fate as us when it comes to receiving blows.
In an article published in phys.org it was calculated that the orbit of this Comet could lead to impact with us on September 15, 4479, here we are in the long term with 2456 years left, but the problem is that the Swift-Tuttle is a beast , it is something huge, it is 26 kilometers in diameter, the asteroid that ended the dinosaurs is estimated to be only about 14 kilometers and we must also take into account that Swift-Tuttle go much faster, this one goes at 60 kilometers per second, That's about 216,000 kilometers per hour.
The kinetic energy is brutal, and it has been calculated that the energy released by the impact of this Comet would be about 27 times greater than that of the asteroid that ended the era of the dinosaurs and that left its crater in Chizulotte in Yucatán Mexico , a mass extinction multiplied by 27.
And the fact is that, even if it passes very close, for example, at the distance that separates the earth from the moon, the rain of fragments that it could leave us would also do us a lot of damage because fragments of hundreds of meters can break around it, in the Current events, as NASA demonstrated with the Dart mission impacting the asteroid Dimorfos, we have the capacity to develop a defense system for asteroids up to a few hundred meters, it can be a kilometer in diameter, but diverting something from 26 kilometers is gambling. in another division.
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It is to be hoped that, although most of us humans are procrastinators and leave everything for last, between now and 4,479, humanity develops technology to divert the Comet and even if we start dreaming about the future, all that ice, gases and matter could be used for our benefit, because imagine that it could be diverted and put into orbit to Mars to break it into small pieces and send those fragments to the red planet to make those gases rain down and making the Martian atmosphere become much denser, of course this The latter is science fiction, but there are still almost 2,500 years of technological evolution, it is more or less the distance in time that separates us from the seven wise men of ancient Greece, so I hope that in 2,500 years from now humanity will put on the batteries, I have a defense system and if possible you can take advantage of that Comet.
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