12 October 2017, the Earth is threatened by a terrible catastrophe — in any case, it is reported by several media, citing scientists. It is reported that next fall with our planet could face a huge asteroid, and it is fraught with dangerous consequences.
The first reports about a possible collision with an asteroid called 2012 TC4 appeared in 2015, although even then, their primary sources are not always trustworthy, and some experts have treated this information with some scepticism. However, at least myself the space object in question, is not fictional — it was opened in 2012 and its orbit is so far studied only quite approximately. Its diameter, according to different estimates, ranges from 12 to 40 meters. This means that it may be even larger than the famous meteorite that fell in Chelyabinsk region — then hit 1 613 people, and material damage amounted to nearly half a billion rubles, and the consequences could be more catastrophic if he had fallen on the town. However, the media exaggerated, saying that such clashes could trigger the end of the world — for a global catastrophe the diameter of a celestial body should be about two orders of magnitude more. However, it cannot be denied that even drop to the planet’s surface ten-meter space stone could have very serious consequences.
Anyway, the vast majority of experts are inclined to believe that the likelihood of fall 2012 TC4 on the Ground, at least until 2020 is almost equal to zero. It is worth noting that the asteroid in spite of this, included in the list of “potentially dangerous”, but such a status, just in case, is assigned any discovered space body, a distance from which to the Ground at any point may be less than 20 times greater than the distance from our planet to the moon.
Recently, a group of scientists from University of Southampton, told what the consequences would be fraught with the fall of an asteroid with a diameter of about 200 meters and a density of 3.1 tons per cubic meter for one of the European capitals.
Chelyabinsk meteorite. Chronicle of events