Asteroids are space rocks, part of the Solar System, thought to be shattered fragments of planetesimals, objects inside the young Sun’s nebula that never turned into planets. There exist around 20,000 known asteroids that orbit in close to Earth, and almost 2,000 of them are categorized as potentially hazardous asteroids (PHA).
One of these celestial bodies is Asteroid FT3 discovered in 2007 and was kept under observation in the past 12 years. Asteroid FT3 is predicted to orbit close to Earth on October 3rd, 2019. Should it change course from one reason or another, it would enter our planet’s atmosphere and hit Earth. The outcome would be catastrophic.
In the likelihood the asteroid hits Earth, it would crash into it at a speed of 20,37 km per second, and the force of the impact is expected to be of 2,700 megatons of TNT as opposed to the nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima was between 13 to 18 kilotons of TNT.
Asteroid FT3 Might Hit The Earth In October This Year
Asteroid FT3 is an impressive space body whose dimension is of almost 340 m (1,115 ft) in diameter. Researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration believe its weight is 55,000,000,000 kg (55,000,000 tonnes). The asteroid is known as an Apollo-type space body because it is on an orbit very much alike asteroid 1862 Apollo, another possibly hazardous body discovered in 1932. Both asteroids also intersect the orbits of Venus and Mars on their path in space.
NASA is going to strictly observe the space object in case it changes its orbit and approaches Earth. Fortunately, for the time being, the probability of it hitting our planet is quite low, but as astronomers pointed out, it is not absent.
NASA strongly believes that the event is going to set the beginning of 165 more episodes like this one between 2019 and 2116, all of them threatening Earth’s future. NASA predicts that on October 2nd, 2024, another asteroid is coming close to Earth, but there is a small possibility of it hitting our planet. October 3rd, 2025, marks the date another celestial body threatens us.
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