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Astroid Impact

Sentry is a highly automated collision monitoring system that continually scans the most current asteroid catalog, for possibilities of future impact with Earth over the next 100 years. Whenever a potential impact is detected it will be analyzed and the results immediately published.

The JPL Sentry System has detected a speeding mountain of rock, Named, ELE 420, this asteroid  has 2 times the energy of the Comet Shoemaker Nine, which created an Earth sized plume on Jupiter. The main difference in this comparison, is that the newly classified asteroid is considered solid, unlike the comet that formed the "string of pearls", that excited scientists in 1993. This in itself posses a major problem; any effort by Earth's scientists and contributing governments to destroy the asteroid, or even attempt to change it's projected trajectory will be difficult, at best.

Objects larger than about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) that could destroy life on Earth strike every few hundred …