What would we do if we knew An asteroid will hit Earth In 2027? That's what NASA officials will be investigating during a simulation that takes place next week.
The project will be played as a table exercise held during the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference at College Park, Maryland. NASA's asteroid experts have prepared a fictional scenario in which scientists identify an asteroid that appears to be visible Preparing to crash Into the Earth in 2027. They will talk through how to determine what areas to deal with what risks and how to respond – all in the hope that if they ever deal with a similar situation in real life, they will be ready for it.
"These exercises have really helped us in the planetary defense community to understand what our disaster management friends need to know," says Lindley Johnson, NASA's planetary defense officer, Said in a statement. "This exercise will help us develop more effective communication with each other and with our governments."
You can watch the Planetary Defense Conference here, starting Monday, April 29, at 8 am (GMT), courtesy of NASA.You can directly watch NASA and its partners here.
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The exercise is part of a larger program designed to meet the specifications of the Earth Near-Earth National Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan, By the White House.
During the conference, the experts collected asteroids, emergency management personnel and others will receive more detailed and detailed information about the hypothetical risk during the week.
The initial information that the team will work with is Already available: The first spotted on March 26, asteroid 2019 PDC seems to have a trajectory that passes within 0.05 astronomical units (the average distance from Earth to the sun) of the Earth. And when NASA and ESA systems are working on this pathway, both agencies suggest that space rock can theoretically travel with Earth on April 29, 2027 – eight years to the day from the start of the conference.
The preparation documents end with all the hypothetical data collected on April 29, 2019, and at this point our chances seem worse. Calculations currently give the Fiction Rock a 1% chance of hitting our planet.
And from there-well, we'll have to wait and see what happens next. Space.com will attend the conference, so keep hearing how humanity confronts this existential existential threat.