Recently a woman in Canada had a potentially fatal experience. As she was sleeping at night, a small meteorite pierced through her ceiling and fell on her pillow. It barely missed his head, but made a hole in the ceiling. The event shed light on the question: What if a rock that could cause massive damage, such as an asteroid, collided with Earth? As curiosity increased, NASA asked this question to one of its experts. Dr Kelly Fast said it is important to find asteroids “before we find them”. However, he said there is no known threat to Earth.
Sharing FAST’s response, NASA also said in an Instagram post that its Planetary Defense Coordination Office “keeps its eye on the skies” to make sure they are able to find asteroids before they find us.
Fast, a planetary defense specialist, said, “Asteroid impacts are the only natural disaster that can be prevented. NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office supports projects to discover asteroids and calculate their orbits in the future. Deflection missions may be possible if the asteroid impact threat is detected decades earlier,” she said.
The meteorite event in the Canadian province of British Columbia was not the only event of its kind. Meteors lurk toward Earth all the time. Occasionally, the larger ones survive the journey through Earth’s atmosphere and land on the surface as smaller meteorites. Sometimes, people collect them and sometimes, these rocks end up in museums or on online shopping platforms. Compared to meteorites, asteroids are huge, although much smaller than planets. However, they orbit the Sun just like the planets.