Updated: September 14, 2020 12:37:14 pm
According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), a ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid is set to cross the Earth today, September 14, 2016, at a speed of 38,620 kmph or 24,000 mph. The shape of the heavenly body is as follows. Two football fields together or as big as the iconic ‘London Eye’.
The space agency named the asteroid ‘QL 2020’ and predicted its size anywhere from 53 meters to 120 meters. Our planet is expected to be razed by 6.8 million kilometers or 4.2 million miles from the rock in the past. QL 2020 is currently moving at a speed of 10.5 km per second.
According to data quoted in Express UK from the US-based space agency, the asteroid was first found on 14 August and then later seen again on 3 September.
The silver lining is that despite the massively dangerous size, the space agency said based on its forecast that it would pass safely without hitting the Earth. The distance between the Earth and the Moon is ten times. It is the second asteroid in the last 15 days to fly from Earth after an asteroid named ‘2011 ES4’, passed on 1 September.
Since the beginning of the asteroid solar system, there are remains and remains of large-scale rock that fly freely in space. According to NASA’s website, the total number of known asteroids is 994,516 and they largely classify themselves as ‘Near-Earth Objects’ or NEOs. Therefore, NEOs that cover 0.05 au or 4,647,790 miles are at a safe distance from Earth, but may come relatively close despite having a negligible probability of colliding with the planet.
NASA has reiterated that perhaps, every 10,000 years or longer, asteroids larger than 100 meters in size may hit the Earth in a particular area with devastating havoc. They can prove to be more destructive if they catch fire when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere and are then called meteorites. That which evaporates in the atmosphere itself is called a meteor or shooting star.
Consistent with the unpredictability of the solar system and heavenly bodies, it becomes imperative to keep a constant vigil on the movement of such objects in space.
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