Humanity might be going the way of the dinosaurs.
Scientists believe that an asteroid, elegantly named 101955 Bennu, could have the power to completely destroy us all and reduce the Earth to a smoldering pile of rubble. There is some good news though. Experts aren’t worried about the space rock hitting our planet until the year 2175. Which means it will be your great, great, great grandchildren who have to deal with the problem.
Can I get a hell yes?
“These are what we call extinction-level objects,” York University astrophysics and astronomy professor Paul Delaney said. “These objects pack immense energy with them, and have the ability to throw up enormous clouds of dust into our atmosphere and block out the sun.”
Bennu measures in at about 500 metres in diameter and is currently hurdling through space at about 101,000 km/h. It orbits the sun every six years, and scientists believe it has about a one-in 2,700 chance of striking the Earth between 2175 and 2196.
Delaney notes, however, that much can change in the universe before that date arrives, so nothing is set in stone.
Additionally, it’s probably safe to assume humans will have colonies on Mars by then. Delaney also said that scientists are already working on technology to prevent asteroids from slamming into our planet, so humans may be able to blast Bennu into a million tiny pieces by the time 2175 rolls around.
Personally though, we’re just glad we won’t have to live through a real-life version of Armageddon.