Imagine a piece of rock the size of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper speeding through space 15 times faster the world’s fastest manned aircraft. Now imagine that piece of rock buzzing toward Earth on its way to making a nearby pass (and by "nearby," we mean more than 11 times the distance between our planet and the moon).If you were a scientist at NASA, you’d probably deem that object as “potentially hazardous,” too. But thankfully, we shouldn't need any stunts like the one pulled off in Armageddon to save us.That said, NASA likes to label any asteroid that comes within 4.6 million miles of Earth as “potentially hazardous,” so Asteroid 2002 AJ129 isn’t getting any kind of special treatment.The space object is 0.7 miles wide, some 0.2 miles bigger than the massive Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai. It’s speeding through space at 67,000 mph, The Daily Mail explains, while the speedy hypersonic North American X-15 aircraft can fly at speeds of only 4,520 mph.2002 AJ129 will pass Earth on February 4th at a distance of more than 2.6 million miles. The distance between the Earth and the Moon, meanwhile, is 238,855 miles. In other words, the Asteroid will most likely not crash into our planet. We already have a Burj Khalifa, so we’re all set thanks.But say it did... what might happen? You can expect Earth to go through a mini ice age following the impact with an object of that size, according to researchers. Average temperatures around the world would fall by 8° C, and Earth would become a much darker, colder, and drier place.Surviving the impact would not be pleasant. In a “worst-case scenario,” soot would remain in the atmosphere for around 10 years, with dust needing some six years to settle back down on Earth.NASA, meanwhile, is going forward with plans to prevent any Asteroid impacts, and they don’t involve plans like the aforementioned ones in the movie Armageddon. NASA is working on a refrigerator-sized spacecraft that would prevent asteroids from colliding with Earth. Deflecting an asteroid that’s on an impact course with Earth requires changing its speed by less than an inch per second, but you have to do it years in advance. Apparently having a team of expert oil drillers nuke it out of a sky at the last moment isn't the way to go.Of note, NASA doesn't expect to have the ability to intercept an asteroid on a collision course with Earth until sometime after 2024.
Matt Damon attended an event in New York to celebrate Stella Artois' upcoming Super Bowl ad to promote its ongoing partnership with Water.org. The ad will encourage viewers to purchase Stella Artois beer and a limited-edition chalice to raise money for Water.org. It's also an opportunity to educate people on the global water crisis. (Jan. 17)
Viola Davis, Natalie Portman, and Allison Janney will be among the thousands of men and women participating in the Los Angeles Women’s March in downtown L.A. on Saturday. Elizabeth Banks, Connie Britton, Sarah Hyland, Mila Kunis, Eva Longoria, Ellen Barkin, Rob Reiner, Kamala Harris, and Mary Steenburgen will also take the stage, Women’s March L.A. […]
Jan.17 -- Longbow Research analyst Shawn Harrison cut Apple stock to neutral on Wednesday. He discusses his call with Bloomberg's Jonathan Ferro on "Bloomberg Markets: The Open." Harrison, his family, and firm, do not own shares of Apple.
President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege in the Trump-Russia probe that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.
Hector Elizondo and Holland Taylor have been cast in the NBC comedy pilot “Guess Who Died,” Variety has learned. Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the single-camera series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life. Elizondo will […]
Jan.17 -- Bloomberg Intelligence's Alison Williams examines fourth-quarter results for Goldman Sachs Group Inc. She speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."
Jan.17 -- Bloomberg's Kevin Cirilli comments on Yale professor James Whitman's essay on "Trump's Quest To Make America White Again" and discusses Congress negotiating to avoid a government shutdown. He speaks on "Bloomberg Surveillance."