Don’t look now, but we’re experimenting now A series of stories about an impending global catastrophe. But contrary to reports of pandemics and climate change, it The global catastrophe results from the impact of a giant asteroid. Or comet. Or both. This might sound more sinister considering the events of the recent Netflix movie. don’t look up In which Earth is threatened by a “planet killer” asteroid.
But how concerned should we really be and what if that body actually hit us?
According to my experience, Killer asteroids strike in the summer months, when news is scarce. TeaMaybe we’re so tired of the bad news about the spread of the COVID omicron variant and the associated problems that a killer asteroid (or comet) makes a refreshing change.
Some British newspapers have targeted the 16th century astrologer Nostradamus. A couple posted stories in late 2021, in which Nostradamus predicted about 2022 that the world would end with a body from space in a giant impact. This hook has resulted in the tabulation of objects that may (or, more likely, won’t) come close to Earth in 2022.
My favorites list was published by the newspaper Sunday, which described five asteroids headed for Earth in January alone.
The eerie headline and accompanying image of Earth in Clear Danger are mitigated somewhat by the phrases that follow the image, in which the newspaper states that “all asteroids predicted this year will cross Earth at a significant distance and It is highly unlikely that it will hit our planet.” We have already missed (or missed) the first two asteroids on this list (2021 YQ and 2021 YX) which hit 1.3 and 2.4 million respectively on January 5th. Had hit the earth at a distance of miles.
No, I didn’t even notice them, and I study asteroids, Three more asteroids are expected to pass between 1 and 5 million miles from Earth over the next few days., With A size that goes from the size of a car to the size of the Statue of Liberty. Anyone who comes closer will still be four times as far from the Moon, so whoever is closer is not right.
Is “Not Looking Up” Realistic?
don’t look up u haveA metaphor that uses the global catastrophic effect of “planet killer” to account for the global catastrophic impact of climate change. It is a story of corruption, abominations and political and corporate interests that come before the health and welfare of humanity. It’s a lot of fun too.
Without revealing too many spoilers, the plot centers on two astronomers (a graduate student and his professor) who search for a comet that will hit Earth in six months. They try to tell the President of the United States (played brilliantly by Meryl Streep), but he is more concerned about the midterm elections.
The film pokes fun at right-wing American politics, the impact of donations to political parties on politics (and politicians), the growing ability of modern technology to collect information about health, habits, and lifestyles, and the use of that information by tech giants. ,
however, noOr scoff at the science: Comet discovery is (somewhat) realistic. How It Should Be, as Amy Menzer, principal investigator for NASA’s NEOWISE asteroid-tracking program, was a scientific advisor to the production. In the film, astronomers report their findings to the Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which, as the film shows, is an actual organization run by NASA.
So is the movie realistic? Earth has been hit by large asteroids in the past, which is why there are no giant dinosaurs roaming the planet today. And it gets bombarded by tons of dust and meteorites every day. It’s true that a “planet killer” is written in the future (although it happens only once every 50 million years), and international governments take it much more seriously than it is depicted in the film.
There is a well-tested protocol for reporting new asteroids and comets, which is how we know of those passing (more or less) close to Earth this month.
There are also plans to reduce the possible consequences of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Usually these are based on deflecting the course of the asteroid as it tries to slam down into Last minute is not possible, it will take a lot of power. launch in November NASA’s Dart Mission , a technology test mission, will help shed light on how to best deflect Earth-threatening asteroids.
But where don’t look up The lack of preparedness for an emergency is a nerve attack if (when) it eventually happens and mitigation plans fail. Here I return to the climate change metaphor. There is no plan B. In the film, the motto “Don’t Look Up” is a denial that an approaching comet will destroy the planet; It is presented as fake news.
I thought it was a great film. This is entertainment. But this is not fake news. We are a global community and we must work together.
You can find the original note in the following link: https://theconversation.com/dont-look-up-several-asteroids-are-heading-towards-earth-heres-how-we-deal-with-threats-in-real-life-174512
Monica Grady is a professor of planetary and space science at the Open University. It is funded by UKRI-STFC and the UK Space Agency. She is Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University and Principal Investigator at the Natural History Museum.
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