An Early Warning System for Asteroid Impact

  title={An Early Warning System for Asteroid Impact},
  author={John L. Tonry},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific},
  pages={58 - 73}
  • J. Tonry
  • Published 3 November 2010
  • Physics, Geology
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Earth is bombarded by meteors, occasionally by one large enough to cause a significant explosion and possible loss of life. It is not possible to detect all hazardous asteroids, and the efforts to detect them years before they strike are only advancing slowly. Similarly, ideas for mitigation of the danger from an impact by moving the asteroid are in their infancy. Although the odds of a deadly asteroid strike in the next century are low, the most likely impact is by a relatively small asteroid… 

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