Doomsday might come sooner than expected, folks. 

A professor from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast believes that an asteroid is on its way to hit Earth closer than we think. 

Prof Alan Fitzsimmons is warning the public that an asteroid strike could cause devastating damage to a large city and if it’s a larger asteroid we have a lot more to be worried about. The professor expects the asteroid to hit sooner than we think.

“Astronomers find near-Earth asteroids every day and most are harmless. But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them.” he told the Irish Examiner.

Prof Alan Fitzsimmons is joined by Brian Cox, a British physicist, author and TV presenter. Cox is expected to host a live show broadcasting Asteroid Day.

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“This is a first-of-its-kind broadcast, celebrating and showcasing new discoveries in science that can help us understand our place in the solar system and nature, and, in particular, the behavior of asteroids.

“I’m very enthusiastic about it, because asteroids provide a great opportunity for our civilization, but also can pose great threats; we ignore them at our peril.”

This Friday there will be an array of discussions and presentations that will be live-streamed from Luxemburg. If you have any burning questions, have no fear, you can send them in via social media and they will be answering them live.

If you are interested in joining in on the livestream on Friday, June 30, go online to asteroidday.org/live

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Irish astrophysicist says asteroid collision with Earth likely. istock