Ever since I was a small boy, I’ve always tried my best to remain calm when it came to hypotheses about the end of the world.
But try as I might to be logical, if doomsday theorists are looking for just one sucker to believe their crazed imaginings for how the world is going to end, I’m still their guy. I got my first taste of that panic during the Y2K fiasco that never was.
When it comes to the end of the world, people have been speculating for centuries and plenty regularly do it to this day. I can vividly remember sitting in the Times Square Oliver Garden in May of 2016 thinking to myself, “Oh, there’s only five more minutes until the world is supposed to end and I still haven’t gotten my breadsticks.”
And while I can mentally prepare for the end of days as much as I want, in most cases, there’s absolutely nothing I can do to stop it.
A leading asteroid expert has declared that Earth’s defense against a large space rock causing mass destruction is virtually nonexistent.
It’s no surprise that these colossal asteroids are out there and that they could strike at any time without warning.
According to NASA, an estimated 100,000 pounds of space material falls to the Earth each day. And while Earth is hit by thousands of smaller rocks every day, the possibility of far more dangerous projectiles wreaking havoc is very real.
Currently, there are no warning systems in place to notify us when such an asteroid starts heading our way. The giant rock could simply sneak up on us.
During a recent space conference in Paris, the vulnerability of the Earth was a hot-button issue. Another topic of discussion was the Chelyabinsk meteor that crashed into our planet not that long ago.
In February 2013, a meteor was seen hovering above the Earth. The 65-foot space rock eventually broke up in the Earth’s atmosphere, exploding just 28 miles above Russia.
The impact caused people to be knocked off their feet and did serious structural damage to multiple buildings. In total, over 1,200 people were reportedly injured.
A new asteroid defense system was brought into the fold. Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli said, “Look at the last major asteroid, the one which fell near Chelyabinsk. It could have easily been destroyed by an anti-missile defense system.”
Still, experts aren’t sure that developing such a system would be worthwhile or even effective. I guess I can stop getting myself all worked up about doomsday events considering that they could literally happen any second now. When the end comes, I won’t be ready and that’s okay.