These days, it seems that space agencies like NASA and ESA are issuing more and more warnings in regards to asteroids that come very close to Earth in their journey into space. Asteroid 2006 QQ23 had passed close to Earth on August 10th, and before it, asteroid 2019 OK was discovered a day before approaching Earth at one-fifth the distance between the Moon and Earth, which is quite close. And these occurrences are just two examples. Another giant asteroid passes close to Earth.
The Solar System is littered with asteroids and other space bodies that once in a while, pass our home planet on their orbit; the ones that surround our world are called Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). Some of them have the potential to become a danger to our planet. This is why astronomers keep an eye on them and issue warnings when asteroids get too close.
This is the case of asteroid 2019 OU1 that is expected to come close to Earth on August 28th. It was measured to have 160 meters in width. Asteroid 2019 OU1 was classified as an Apollo asteroid – asteroids in this class are labeled as Potentially Hazardous Asteroids.
Another Giant Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth
NASA is concerned about this asteroid because it will approach Earth quite much, almost 40 times closer than the distance between Venus and Earth, Venus being the closest planet to Earth.
Seeing the number of asteroids that passed close to Earth in recent times, astronomers and scientists alike are more and more concerned that one such a giant asteroid will eventually come to close to Earth and will enter the atmosphere. Depending on its size, that asteroid would explode into the atmosphere, before hitting the ground, or it will hit the ground and will cause damage.
A week ago, Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator, declared that they expect for an asteroid to hit Earth, but they hope that until this happens, they would have come up with a technology to divert a giant asteroid off its course and make it pass Earth instead of striking our planet. Until then, we hope that no asteroid would come on a collision pass with the Earth.
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