The official website of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), around 5 asteroids will fly by our planet today. They include the 144-foot doomsday asteroid named 2020 KF. The asteroids will pass by at a speed of almost 38,000 kilometers/hour. The largest of theme, 2020 KF will pass by at around 12:00 P.M. EDT (9:00 P.M. IST). The NEO Observation Program helps to find, track, and classify almost 90% of all predicted NEO’s flying by our planet in close proximity.
2020 KF is an asteroid that is coming towards our planet at full force. However, this is only one such case from a string of upcoming incidents. Very soon the asteroid 2002 NN4 will also pass by our planet. The asteroids will pass by at an average speed of almost 34,000 kilometers per hour.
アポロ型地球近傍 #小惑星 2020 KF5 が2020年5月28日 21時49分頃(JST)に地心から約25万Km(月迄の距離の3/5程)を通過します. この小惑星は5月26日に米国,アリゾナのMt. Lemmon Surveyで発見されたもので直径は4m-8mと推定されています.https://t.co/cUcBIBqZxshttps://t.co/oBLohHMWPg pic.twitter.com/Arr32Jgx69
— Atsuo ASAMI 浅見敦夫 (@AsamiAtsuo) May 28, 2020
NASA Asteroid prediction: NEO Observation Program
According to NASA, “The current congressionally directed objective of the NEO Observations Program is to find, track, and characterize at least 90% of the predicted number of NEOs that are 140 meters and larger in size–larger than a small football stadium–and to characterize a subset representative of the entire population.”
It further explains, why objects of this size and larger pose a risk to Earth. It is of the greatest concern due to the level of devastation an impact would cause and should continue to be the focus of global search efforts. While no known asteroid larger than 140 meters in size has a significant chance to hit Earth for the next 100 years, less than half of the estimated 25,000 NEOs that are 140 meters and larger in size have been found to date.
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