EARTH is being bombarded by a back of potentially apocalyptic asteroids strikes, NASA data has revealed. Deep space is a dangerous place, with deadly radiation doses, freezing temperatures and unimaginable pressures. Even the Earth is not totally immune from extraterrestrial peril because of the exceptional circumstances of our planet pummelled by space rock
It is a bit like a rising tide; you have a lot of material coming out of the asteroid belt at one point
Although extremely rare, asteroid strikes hold the potential to atomize the planet
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And researchers now believe asteroids are slamming into Earth at almost three times the rate as when dinosaurs roamed the world. (19659006) Dr. Gernon, Associate Professor of Earth Science at Southampton University, said: "The Moon is our closest neighbor so it gets hit by the same population of asteroids
"We were able to use the samples collected by NASA astronauts during the Apollo missions to date some of the craters. 19659006] "An We were able to use this data set to calibrate a new technique of dating craters using measurements taken onboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. "
The idea is that collision blast produces lots of big rocks and over billion yearly scales these
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Dr Gernon outlines how our solar system's asteroid belt is the most likely explanation for the threefold strike increase pummelling Earth and its Moon
He said: In the asteroid belt, fitting somewhere between Mars and Jupiter, some of these space rocks sometimes collide
"The break of one or more asteroids will potentially generate lots of fragments, which over time can get nudged toward Earth. 19659006] READ MORE: "Over time these
(19659006) "It's a bit like a rising tide," he says, "and it's a bit of a rising tide, ; you have a lot of material coming out of the asteroid belt at one point. "
Dr Gernon, however, is struggling to stress how rare Earth apocalyptic impacts are even if the probability is doubled or even tripled, saying:" There "We say big asteroid impacts – more than 1 km across – went from one every 3-5 million years before 90 million years ago, roughly 1-2 every year. "
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And, in addition, NASA has a dedicated program for monitoring Near Earth Objects (NEOs)
All of the space junk that is potentially dangerous to earth are being monitored and there is a US Defense Department who works with NASA who keeps an eye on the impact of risk
The University of Southampton's Dr Gernon believes we can learn a lot about Earth from looking at the Moon .
He said: "We can all see those pockmarks on the Moon and it's just fascinating to look at them and think we can exploit the data being collected as they talk to our understanding of how our Earth has been affected by these events over time. "