NASA tracking HUGE 500-metre asteroid to pass Earth next month

Katie Ramirez
October 9, 2020

A space rock bigger than Boeing-747 jet is all set to collide with Earth's orbit on October 7, NASA's centre for Near-Earth Objects has warned. The space research organization is now tracking a space rock called 2020 RK2, which is an asteroid that is now on the trajectory to come into a collision with the orbit of the Earth on Wednesday, October 7.

NASA is presently intently monitoring 2020 RK2 asteroid, which is the dimensions of a Boeing-747.

It is highly unlikely keen astronomers will be able to see the asteroid from Earth, but the space rock will zip past at 1:12 pm Eastern Standard Time or 6:12 pm British Summer Time, according to dailystar.co.uk.

NASA is expecting that at least five asteroids would zoom past the Earth by Thursday.

A number of asteroids are traveling towards Earth this week. RV2, upon approach, will only get as close as 0.03790 astronomical units or 3,523,025 miles away from Earth.

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"On an average of every several hundred thousand years or so, asteroids larger than a kilometre could cause global disasters".

Hours after SR6, 2020 SX3 will be making perhaps the closest approach to Earth yet. The space rock has been classed an "Apollo asteroid".

This particular asteroid is said to not visit Earth's orbit again until August 2027, as reported on Dailystar. But, they are beginning to suspect the object might not be an asteroid floating in space, but instead, manmade space junk from the 1960s. Apart from this, they rotate in the orbit of other planets and revolve around the sun along with the planet.

Image of two different asteroids captured by NASA. About 4.5 billion years ago, when our solar system was formed, the clouds of gas and dust that could not take the shape of a planet and were left behind, were transformed into these rocks. You must have heard many times that an asteroid as big as Everest is going to pass near the Earth, then an asteroid of football size is going to come.

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