PANIC As NASA Issues Warning After Explosions Sighted On The Moon
impact on the moon reported to be a meteor
A METEOR carrying the explosive power of ten cruise missile has struck the Moon igniting a mass panic from stargazers who could see the collision.
The massive 56,000 mph collision, which was captured by NASA scientists, has highlighted the real danger planet earth faces if it was hit by a Meteor that size.
The meteor itself was only the size of a small boulder, but the magnitude of the impact was so big it could be seen from Earth.
A similar strike on earth would create a crater 65feet (20m) deep and create a kill zone equivalent to TEN Tomahawk cruise missile striking in the same area. Not only that, the death toll would run into thousands.
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The Express reports: Unlike the Moon the Earth has a protective atmosphere meaning most space debris burns up before it can impact.
But bigger meteors sometimes get through – most recently at Chelyabinsk in Russia where a 20 metre asteroid travelling at 43,000 mph breached the atmosphere and exploded with the power of 33 Hiroshimas.
Stargazers received a treat in the form of clear skies for this years Perseid Meteor Shower, which peaked on the 11th and 12th of August
Despite the bright moonlit conditions, meteors were a frequent sight above St Huberts Chapel, Finchdean, Hants
Fortunately because of the speed and angle of entry the rock exploded while still in the air but 7,200 buildings were damaged and 1,500 people were injured seriously enough to seek medical treatment.
A spokesman for respected science website Science.com said: “For the past eight years NASA has been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteors.
“They’ve just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the programme.
The explosive power of the meteor was the equivalent of ten cruise missiles
“It exploded in a flash 10 times as bright as anything we’ve seen before. Anyone looking at the Moon at the moment of impact could have seen the explosion – no telescope required.”
The Chelyabinsk meteor is the largest known natural object to have entered Earth's atmosphere since the 1908 Tunguska meteor, which destroyed a wide, remote, forested, and very sparsely populated area of Siberia.
NASA is so concerned about the possibility of an asteroid strike ending all life on earth it has started the first design phase of a spacecraft known as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) which will be used to redirect an asteroid’s path.
NASA is working in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the craft and hope to have the first space tests underway by 2022 where it will attempt to move a “non-threatening” asteroid.
Experts fear a similar impact on earth could cause tens of thousands of deaths
Lindley Johnson, planetary defence officer at Nasa Headquarters in Washington, said: “DART would be NASA’s first mission to demonstrate what’s known as the kinetic impactor technique – striking the asteroid to shift its orbit – to defend against a potential future asteroid impact.
“This approval step advances the project toward an historic test with a non-threatening small asteroid.”