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NASA data shows, 19 Asteroids will pass by Earth in March

Near-Earth Objects and Near-Earth Earth-bound Objects have become a topic of interest to the U.S. government over the past several years due to their increased frequency.

National Aeronautics Space Administration data reveals that 19 Near Earth Objects will flyby Earth in March alone. And things don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. 

According to NASA calculations, 2021 DW1 will pass within 1.4 Lunar Distance of Earth on 4 March. A close shave in astrological terms. 

ObjectClose Approach DateCA Distance Nominal LDCA Distance Minimum LD
(2021 DW1)2021-Mar-04 08:55 ±    00:411.48 | 0.003811.46 | 0.00375

Jet Propulsion Laboratory data shows 2021 DW1 will safely pass Earth. But we mustn’t forget that the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNOS) Sentry Earth Impact Monitoring technology is aggressively scouting and scanning for objects that have a high probability of striking our planet. Withal, we must worry about the next impact risk date. 

Space rock 2009 JF1 will be headed inbound on May 6, 2022. The meteor carries a 0.026% chance of impacting the Earth. That’s 1 in 3,800 odds of hitting, in layman’s terms. 

Weighing in at a whopping 3,086 tones, the asteroid’s mass is one-tenth the mass of the Empire State Building. 

ObjectYear RangePotential ImpactImpact Probability
(2009 JF1)2011-202212.6e-4

And let’s face it, we don’t only have to be concerned about large asteroids and their destructive force. Small meteors have been known to cause damage and can strike in the most unlikely places. 

CBS New York reports, a meteor plummeted to Earth in 1992 before striking a Chevy Malibu owned by Darryl Pitt. The dense alien object managed to split the car’s trunk open like a cosmic can opener, adding a nostalgic value to the vehicle. As a result of the rare impact, a tail lamp and title from the car reportedly sold for $5,000 in 2012.

Another meteor airbursted in the skies over Western Siberia with no warning in 2013, causing pandaemonium throughout the region. Over 1,200 people were injured by the meter that raced toward Earth at an estimated speed of 42,000 mile-per-hour. 

Hundreds of buildings were damaged as a result of the blast that also knocked out power to residents who were left in disarray.

Some reported that the scene looked like something out of an action movie. 

And if that’s not enough, a separate asteroid missed the Earth on the same day. 

Could the fragment that impacted Russia have been related. Were the fragments part of some unreported debris field? These are questions people should be asking.

“It’s possible that such an event could happen again,” JPL Astrophysicist Amy Mainzer told ABC News one the day after the Russian meteor scare. “This was actually the largest fireball since we’ve seen in a long time — since 1908.”

A meteor struck the ground in Nigeria with force in late March of 2020. The intense blast that took out a large portion of the roadway was officially labeled a ‘truck explosion.’ However, researchers later discovered that the object had burned in from space at a 43-degree angle. 

All of this goes to show, it’s important to remember that disasters can happen at any time. And being caught off-guard is no fun. 

For example: have you ever thought about how to heat your home with no electricity? The day may come where you have to do just that. 

Have you or your family made any off-grid power and survival plans, just in case some major disaster were to strike? 

Just some food for thought. 

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