No one seems to be talking about this, but… what if it hit?
Well, astronomers assure us that it won’t. But if it did, my research indicates that the energy would be equal to 60 kilotons — about 3 times the size of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.
Of course, since 70% of the Earth is covered by water, there’s a good chance it would hit an ocean.
If an asteroid a mile in diameter hits anywhere on the planet, it would likely end all life on Earth.
By the way, you can watch the asteroid pass by at the Virtual Telescope Project. The asteroid will be the closest to Earth at 4:07pm Eastern time (3:07pm Central, 1:07pm Pacific).
All of this strikes me as very Lovecraftian. We really need a way to stop potential asteroids from impacting Earth, don’t you think?