Yes, you heard it right, we could be extinct by 2135! NASA has just hinted that they will not be able to halt the ‘enormous’ asteroid, named ‘Bennu’ hitting Earth. Going by estimates Bennu, which apparently is of the size of the Empire State Building, would unleash 1,200 megatons of energy on striking Earth (which is surreal), 80,000 times that of the Hiroshima bomb (just an estimate).
NASA have issued a warning via tweet of the damaging consequences of the Asteroid that is set to hit Earth in the year 2135.
“This study aims to help us shorten the response timeline when we do see a clear and present danger so we can have more options to deflect it. The ultimate goal is to be ready to protect life on Earth,” said Kirsten Howley, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and co-author on the paper.
That brings us to the million-dollar question where is ‘Asteroid 2135’?
Just to give you a look into the enormity of Asteroid 2135, it is 9 metre tall, 8.8 tonne craft. That will be able to divert asteroids by deflection away from Earth and destroy them with nuclear bombs. The infamous rock is 500 metres in diameter. That would mean wide as five football fields weighing about 79 billion kilograms, making it 1,664 times as heavy as the Titanic.
Scientists have already deemed the HAMMER “inadequate” as it will not be able to withstand the enormous force of the gigantic rock (Bennu) that will hit Earth. That means the job at hand would be really a tough ask. Bennu has a 1 in 2,700 chance of striking Earth on September 25, 2135. Which again means it is a far-fetched estimate.