While you go about out your day, i’ll bet you don’t even consider the possibility that an asteroid could come down and kill us all at any moment. Well, it’s happened once in Earth’s history, why wouldn’t it happen again today? That’s exactly what scientists and artists are coming together to bring attention to, with their new Asteroid Awareness Day. Brian May of Queen, astronomer Lord Rees, and former shuttle astronaut Ed Lu have all signed a declaration that calls for the speeding up of the search for dangerous asteroids by 100 fold. The declaration also proclaims that June 30 of 2015 will be the official Asteroid Awareness Day. Brian May explained his concerns:
“We are in more danger than has been previously realized. In fact it might be said that we are on borrowed time because out of the million or so estimated potential impacting asteroids of sufficient size to cause major destruction on Earth we are probably aware of only 10,000 - about 1 per cent.”
It’s easy to right this off as impossibility, but really, that’s kind of scary. There are a million asteroids out there that could blow up a large city, and we have no idea where 99% of them are.
May also talked about potentially being able to stop a threat, if it were to come. He said
“If we could predict a future massive impact enough time in advance, it would be possible to apply a small nudge to the asteroid in question w hich would be sufficient to modify its trajectory so it would miss the Earth.”
It’s a very interesting thing to bring attention to, but it brought up some questions... Like, why is the guitarist for Queen the one to be supporting this project? Well, maybe it’s just me, but I never knew that Brian May was an astrophysicist until today.
About the awareness day, however, there may be some kind of live-aid concert which coincides with an asteroid strike that happened in 1908 which which completely wrecked 2000 square miles of forest in Siberia. Although it’s unlikely, it sounds like the perfect opportunity to have a metal show! What’s more metal than a giant space rock slamming the earth so hard, it could be mistaken for a nuclear blast?