Deadly asteroids can hit the earth anytime and scientists, astronauts and experts are calling out for a faster action on the issue, in order to protect the Earth. The call was made on Tuesday during the Asteroid Day, where a series of talks and debates were held to raise awareness of the potential threats by asteroids that have the chances of hitting Earth. Experts believe that humans have enough technology to find ways to battle the attacks of asteroids, provided that they are identified before they strike the planet.
Astronomer royal, Lord Rees, and Brian May of the band "Queen," are among the supporters of the 100X declaration, which is a call to accelerate the search for asteroids 100x faster than the current efforts.
"The aim is to ramp up public awareness and the awareness of governments to the fact that we are under threat from a meteor strike," May told The Guardian. "It's been made light of, and we've seen some great films, like Bruce Willis saving the day, but it is a very serious threat."
"There are a million asteroids in our solar system that have the potential to strike Earth and destroy a city, yet we have discovered less than 10,000 - just one percent - of them. We have the technology to change that situation," the 100X declaration reads.
The event falls on the anniversary of an asteroid strike that occurred in 1908, during which a 40-meter wide space rock hurtled over Tunguska in Siberia at a speed of about 33,500 miles per hour, Tech Times reports.