Get ready for an exciting event that will take place during the next week. A massive asteroid that’s estimated to be double the size of a Boeing 747 is headed towards a close approach with Earth next week.
The asteroid will be the closest to Earth on August 29
Asteroid 2016 NF23 will approach Earth on August 29 at just over 3 million miles away, translated to about 13 times the distance between Earth and the moon.
The massive space rock is traveling more than 20,000 miles per hour (32,400 km/h) and is considered to be a “potentially hazardous” object considered its proximity. Its trajectory should be a safe one, and the asteroid should be gone by the early days of September.
NASA said that the asteroid is about 230 to 525 feet wide and this translates in 70-160 kilometers. At 525 feet it would be taller than Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza which stand at about 455 feet.
NASA is tracking this asteroid and other NEOs (near-Earth objects) in order to keep track of any potential incoming threats.
This space rock is classified within the Atens group which was named for asteroid 1862 Atens because of the Earth-crossing orbit and also due to the smaller semi-major axis.
A diagram from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab shows just how its orbit intersects with the one of our planet, with the asteroids getting closer and closer to Earth in the days before August 29 which it will reach its closest point.
Then, the asteroid will be about .03 astronomical units (au) away – or about 3 million miles.
In recent years, NASA focused on finding NEOs larger than 140 meters
During the past years, NASA has been focused on finding near-Earth objects that are usually estimated to be larger than 140 meters, as 90% of those larger than 1 kilometer have already been located.
In comparison, just 10% of these smaller – but still potentially catastrophic – objects are thought to have been found to date.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up ’til now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.