Asteroid Bennu: A Potential Threat To Earth

NASA has been tracking the near-Earth asteroid Bennu for nearly 25 years.

Recent reports indicate that this asteroid could potentially collide with Earth in September 2182.

Bennu has a history of making relatively close encounters with Earth, swinging by our planet approximately every six years.

While the likelihood of a collision remains relatively low, at 1 in 2,700, experts are emphasizing the importance of remaining vigilant and continuing to closely monitor Bennu's path through space.

In October 2020, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission collected a sample from Bennu's surface.

This mission could unveil crucial insights into the origins of our solar system, including the potential presence of biological or precursor molecules for life.

In the unlikely event of a collision between Bennu and Earth, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Bennu's impact could unleash a staggering 1,200 megatons of energy, a force equivalent to 24 times that of the most powerful human-made nuclear weapon.

By monitoring Bennu and researching its composition, we can better assess and mitigate any potential risks associated with its orbital path and trajectory.

These endeavors are essential for ensuring the safety of our future generations.