Viral Today: 20 August 2019

Is the Earth defenseless in case an asteroid flys too close by? Elon Musk certainly thinks so. A recent tweet from the SpaceX and Tesla CEO has people wondering about the planet’s safety. But, is he right?

There’s a lot to unpack from just on cryptic message. We’ll talk about that as well as share the title of the new James Bond movie.

Elon Musk Tweets about Asteroid Hitting Earth. Is He Right?

Late on Monday, Elon Musk tweeted that a big rock is going to hit Earth and we are defenseless. The message came in response to a Tweet from podcast creator Joe Rogan who shared an article saying that NASA began preparing for the 1,100-foot-wide asteroid, which is scheduled to pass by Earth on April 13, 2029. The massive rock is called Apophis after an Egyptian god of death.

“Great name! Wouldn’t worry about this particular one, but a big rock will hit Earth eventually & we currently have no defense.” Musk tweeted. And, because the internet loves doomsday scenarios, panic ensued among users. 

Although Musk isn’t entirely wrong, he isn’t entirely right either. 

The SpaceX CEO is right about Apophis. It’s a huge rock that has been dubbed as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. It will pass close enough to Earth that scientists will be able to examine its surface in detail. However, the object will miss us by roughly 19.000 miles. 

However, according to NASA, there is no known object that possesses a threat of a collision in the next 100 years. Moreover, scientists are working on developing a planetary defense plan and are confident that if a large asteroid would ever head towards Earth, they would have the technology to deflect it. 

Other Viral Trends on August 20

  • The New James Bond Movie Has a Name (Finally)

People have been referring to it as “Bond 25.” Now, after months of speculation, we finally have a name. The 25th Bond movie has revealed its name: “No Time to Die.”

Daniel Craig will return as James Bond for the new installment of the beloved spy movie. The film will premiere on April 3rd, 2020 in the UK and April 8th, 2020 in the US. There is a lot of hype around the movie as this is the last time Daniel Craig will play James Bond. 

  • Should You Reveal Your Biological Sex in a Medical Emergency? This Doctor Thinks So

It’s 2019 and most people have understood that one’s biological sex and gender aren’t the same thing. You can be born with female genitalia and identify as a male and vice-versa. Or, you may feel that you are outside of the gender binary and identify as neither exclusively masculine or feminine. But, when it comes to medical emergencies, this person thinks that reveling your biological sex to your doctors can potentially save your life. 

Imgur user Oldfishnewfish posted a lengthy message in which he explains why questions about biological sex asked by medical professionals shouldn’t trigger people. He argues that one’s sex could require different treatment as symptoms and side effects differ from females to males. His post went viral and was viewed 120,000 times. 

Over to You

Do you agree with Musk’s statement? Let us know what you think.