Earth is constantly facing threats from an asteroid in 2020. However, the primary ordeal started from June 6, 2020, when almost 5 asteroids swerved past our planet. NASA has been constantly reporting any and all such incidents. The space organization constantly keeps an eye on the sky in order to prepare us for any calamity beforehand.
Thankfully the Asteroid 2010 NY65 will pass by our planet on June 24 at 7:44 BST. At its nearest point, the asteroid will be at a distance of 2.3 million miles from Earth. The asteroid is estimated to measure around 140 m – 310 meters in diameter. But the higher end of that estimate, it indicates the asteroid is over three times the size of London’s Big Ben!
NASA reports Asteroid coming towards our planet
During the passing, the asteroid will be traveling at staggering speeds of up to 12.89 kilometers/second. That’s around 14 times faster than a bullet! Thankfully, the chances of 441987 (2010 NY65) hitting us are extremely low. NASA says no one should be overly concerned about an Earth impact of an asteroid or comet.
The threat to any one person from auto accidents, disease, other natural disasters, and a variety of other problems is much higher than the threat from NEOs (near-Earth objects). However, NASA has not ruled out the chance of an asteroid colliding with our planet in the near future. If asteroids are found to be on a collision course for Earth, NASA has several tactics up its sleeve to prevent a collision.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.