A shocking discovery has been made by NASA on the presence of 10 new potentially hazardous space rocks close to Earth that could put life on this planet at risk.
NASA has been striving diligently to identify dangers that Earth face from space, and has said that it has found 10 new asteroids of meteors which it believes could harm life on Earth. NASA’s asteroid detecting mission made the warning discovery.
NEOWISE principal investigator from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Amy Mainzer, said: “NEOWISE is not only discovering previously uncharted asteroids and comets, but it is providing excellent data on many of those already in our catalog.
“It is also proving to be an invaluable tool in in the refining and perfecting of techniques for near-Earth object discovery and characterisation by a space-based infrared observatory.”
Nasa has also identified 97 other space rocks and seen an unexplained spike in comet activity. NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at JPL and lead author of paper on the NEOWISE study, Emily Kramer, stated: "Comets that have abrupt outbursts are not commonly found, but this may be due more to the sudden nature of the activity rather than their inherent rarity.
"It is great for astronomers to view and collect cometary data when they find an outburst, but since the activity is so short-lived, we may simply miss them most of the time.”
The discovery narrows down the chances of astronomers spotting the massive space rock that’s hidden in the annual Taurids meteor shower until nothing much can be done.
The group of researchers revealed that one of the fragments could hit Earth in 2022, 2025, 2032 or 2039 during the annual meteor shower.