Asteroids - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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About the Asteroids - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly documentary

Presenter Peter Firth Category ScienceSpace Year 2010 Watch time 00:58:40

When you look up into a clear sky at night space looks like a peaceful and tranquil place however it is not. Our very own solar system poses a threat to planet Earth in the form of asteroids which are typically orbiting the sun in-between the planets Mars and Jupiter but can sometimes be knocked off course into an ever increasingly elliptical orbit exacerbated by the immense gravitational field of Jupiter.

 

Ever since Italian priest and astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi accidentally discovered the first and largest asteroid, Ceres we have come to the conclusion that asteroids are out there in the solar system but do not pose a threat… until the truth behind events such as the tunguska event were revealed. Today scientists are armed with more than 3000 extremely powerful telescopes watching and discovering asteroids ranging from a few meters in diameter to more than a kilometer, to help track courses and plot whether they are going to strike Earth or not. Despite all the tremendous technology you really can not be sure when an asteroid on a collision course with Earth only hours away will pop up within the field of view as is explored in this documentary.

 

Both small and large asteroids pose a deadly threat to life on Earth in their own devastating powers and there is nothing we can do to stop them.

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dude 1 year ago

Very good doc, lets hope we don't meet one!

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