Czech scientists see growing risk of asteroid hitting Earth

June 6, 2017
The risk is growing that Earth will be hit by an asteroid from a meteor stream known as the Taurids, Czech astronomers said

The risk is growing that Earth will be hit by an asteroid from a meteor stream known as the Taurids, Czech astronomers said on Tuesday.

The astronomers, from the Czech Academy of Sciences, drew their conclusion after analysing 144 bolides—large meteors that explode in the atmosphere—from the Taurids and detecting a new branch with at least two asteroids measuring 200-300 metres (220-330 yards) in diameter.

"Most probably, the branch also includes many undetected asteroids which are dozens of metres in diameter or larger," the Czech academy said in a .

"Hence, the danger of a crash with an grows markedly once every few years that the Earth encounters this stream of inter-planetary material."

The new branch comprises objects moving together around the Sun, and the Earth encounters it once every few years for a period of about three weeks.

"During this period, the probability of a collision with a larger object (of about dozens of metres in ) is markedly higher," the Academy said.

The asteroids are very fragile, but when they are this large they may penetrate deep into the atmosphere and pose a real threat of collision with Earth, it added.

The study urges further research to obtain "a better description of this real source of potentially hazardous objects large enough to cause a local or even continental disaster."

The paper is available on the Astronomy & Astrophysics website pending publication in its renowned journal.

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More information: Astronomy & Astrophysics (2017). www.aanda.org/component/articl … /0004-6361/201730787

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carbon_unit
2.4 / 5 (10) Jun 06, 2017
The Taurids peak in the first half of November.

Some believe Danial and Revelation indicates that the end times will begin with an asteroid strike as God tries to get our attention about the tribulation yet to come. They see our increased scientific awareness of the danger of asteroids as if they represent an increase in the risk of asteroid impact, a sign from God. Of course, this is a fallacy. The risk has been there all along and a sign from God is best not what we know now to be a natural event. Something decidedly unnatural would be a much clearer sign.

TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (6) Jun 06, 2017
Some believe Danial and Revelation indicates that the end times will begin with an asteroid strike
... and then some believe the evidence that the book of daniel is a fiction about a typical biblical superhero written by several anonymous forgers.

"Daniel is one of a large number of Jewish apocalypses, all of them pseudonymous"

-And so how can we take anything the book says about physical phenomena seriously?
doogsnova
1 / 5 (3) Jun 06, 2017
That's because Apophis is going to land in their backyard if no one does something about it.
Dingbone
Jun 06, 2017
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El_Nose
1 / 5 (10) Jun 06, 2017
say what you want about the book of Daniel - in chapter 33 it predicted the change in the covenant between God an man and was spot on.

not that that has anything to do with this article...

TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (5) Jun 06, 2017
say what you want about the book of Daniel - in chapter 33 it predicted the change in the covenant between God an man and was spot on.

not that that has anything to do with this article...

There is no Chap 33 in the book of daniel.
carbon_unit
4.5 / 5 (8) Jun 06, 2017
@Otto - I agree with you.
@El_Nose - I merely noted that articles like this will be used by some Bible believers to indicate an increased likelihood that the end times are getting nearer due to the fact that they can't understand that our increasing awareness of asteroid risk does not mean that the actual risk of asteroid impact is somehow increasing.

Sorry about the rant.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4 / 5 (4) Jun 06, 2017
Heres the trouble with declaring biblical predictions 'spot on'

"Modern Bible translations do not translate Daniel 9:27 correctly. New International Version does not use the definite article but says, "a covenant." New Living Translation is even worse, it says "make a treaty" instead of "confirm the covenant". Can you see the vast difference in meaning between the two? New King James says "a covenant." English Standard Version says, "make a strong covenant." New American Standard Bible says, "make a firm covenant." In other words, modern translations by using the word "make" rather than "confirm" indicate the event has yet to come in the future rather than been fulfilled in the past. Can you why the King James Version is important? And the Geneva Bible which is earlier than the KJV is also a good translation and correctly translates Daniel 9:27: And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:..."
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TheGhostofOtto1923
4 / 5 (4) Jun 06, 2017
The excerpt is from a typical apologist website.

IOW the bible can be interpreted and translated to say whatever you want it to say. Xians like to deem problematic passages 'metaphor' which further complicates the problem. One of my favorites is the 'all is vanity' vs 'all is meaningless' phrase in Ecc. Totally different meanings. Done on purpose.

This helps with their initial assumption that, since the book was written by god, it is infallible.

But if you read what it actually says objectively, its pretty obvious that its not.
carbon_unit
4 / 5 (4) Jun 06, 2017
The Bible is so 'noisy' that trying to find truth in it is like trying to find colors in white light with a prism. You can pretty much find any color you want.
Again, sorry for the side-tracking. It's just that I've had to endure people that will take this article as more proof that Revelation is about to be fulfilled Real Soon Now. (Errrr, Now. How about next Friday?) That was the first thing that came to mind.
thisisminesothere
5 / 5 (5) Jun 07, 2017
Why, once again, is the fictional book of the Christian god being evoked? That fairy tale has nothing to do with science. Cant we just keep the silliness that is religion, OUT of science?

Wishful thinking, I know.
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (1) Jun 07, 2017
Why, once again, is the fictional book of the Christian god being evoked? That fairy tale has nothing to do with science. Cant we just keep the silliness that is religion, OUT of science?

Wishful thinking, I know.
Religionists provide valuable teaching moments whenever they show up here. They present an existential danger to society and to science and so it is worthwhile to hear what they have to say and to refute it in a public venue.

So let them come.

The 'vanity/meaningless' translation is especially telling. The word vanity had a different meaning when approved by king James but priests continue to use it today to demean sinners as hopelessly self-absorbed and corrupt even though that's not what the book SAYS.

Anything to stigmatize the unbeliever.

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