On Earth Day, the B612 Foundation released a video highlighting new data showing that extraterrestrial impacts occur about 3 to 10 times more frequently than previously thought.
Using data from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization they discovered 26 recorded asteroid impacts on Earth between 2000 and 2013. They range in energy from 1 to 600 kilotons. To put this in perspective, the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima exploded with an energy of 15 kilotons.
“The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.” - Ed Lu, CEO of the B612 Foundation and former NASA astronaut
Watch the video here: http://vimeo.com/92478179
The B612 Foundation is an asteroid-hunting nonprofit organization that is planning to launch the Sentinel mission. Sentinel is an early warning infrared space telescope capable of tracking up to 90% of near-Earth objects larger than 140 meters in size. Although there are plans to track asteroids smaller than 140 meters as well. The space telescope will launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2017 or 2018. But they need your help!
Donate today to help make the Sentinel mission a reality and help protect Earth from catastrophic impacts: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/B612foundation/donate
Learn more about the B612 Foundation here: https://b612foundation.org/
Image Credit: B612 Foundation