Nasa warns asteroid larger than two football pitches is heading towards Earth

Nasa warns asteroid larger than two football pitches is heading towards Earth

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I have always been intrigued with space. There are things Scientists are learning about the earth and the asteroids and comets that pass within a safe zone from the earth for now. I have always had this crazy thought that would if NASA knew of an asteroid that was definitely going to hit the earth, would they tell us?

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed an asteroid nearly three times as large as a football stadium and about as tall as the Eiffel Tower is heading for Earth this December. Nasa has warned about the massive asteroid barreling toward Earth, making a close approach this weekend. Nasa has warned of a giant asteroid hurtling towards Earth which may make a close approach.

While we are all tied up in politics today, we fail to even know all the dangers we here on earth face. This isn’t something to shake a stick at, even though it will miss the earth this time around. Scientists are certain that one day we will be hit by an asteroid that can have the potential ability to wipe out mankind as we know it.

Instead, NASA’s Asteroid Tracker estimates the asteroid would pass just outside the Earth’s orbit, a distance of 3.8 million miles from the planet, according to the LadBible. The distance from Earth for the asteroid would be 3.9 million kilometers, or 10 times farther than Earth’s distance to the moon, according to the report.

Given the circumference of Earth is 40,075 km, the asteroid would need just over one hour to make one circle around the Earth. The asteroid is flying toward the planet at a speed of over 20,000 miles an hour — roughly 15 times the speed of Concorde.

On 25 July, an asteroid about as big as a football field flew past the planet, coming within 65,000 kilometers of our planet’s surface in its closest approach – roughly a fifth the distance to the moon traveling on a highly elliptical trajectory, which takes it inside the orbit of Venus, this asteroid will not approach Earth again for at least 200 years.

The orbit of asteroid Bennu would take it dangerously close to Earth on Sept. 24, 2182, with a one-in-2,700 chance of a collision. While NASA is not keeping an eye on its rovers, the Perseverance, that touched down on Mars this week, NASA is keeping its eyes in the skies looking out for potential threats to life on Earth — that is, asteroids.

Nasa has warned of a giant asteroid hurtling towards Earth which will make a ‘close approach’ this weekend. According to Nasa’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies, the asteroid – known as 2008 TZ3 – will pass Earth on Sunday at around 6.37 am GMT.

This space rock routinely passes by Earth every 732 days as it orbits the Sun.

The asteroid is about 490m wide and roughly about 0.219km to 0.490km in diameter, meaning it can easily fit in two football pitches. The closest the asteroid is expected to get with Earth is 5,740,000km.

That’s more than the distance between the Earth and the moon which is around 385,000km – so we’ll probably be alright. But scientists have classified the space rock as ‘potentially hazardous due to its size – like an asteroid that big could cause devastating damage if it hits Earth.   “

As the world awaits a response from Vladimir Putin on his nuclear threats, we are all worried about this that we forget the dangers facing us from space. Another thing to worry about is, what if NASA finds a planet that can sustain life, and it is reachable, who will get to go?

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