Asteroid the size of football pitches approach Earth!

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An asteroid rated as “potentially hazardous” and a comet the size of a football pitch, known as 2008 OS7, is expected to approach the Earth from a distance of 1.7 million miles with a speed of around 11 miles per second. Its distance, or roughly 7 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, is approximately seven times that of the Moon.

It is still far away from us, however, despite the distance, NASA is close enough to the asteroid for the asteroid to be included in its “asteroid watch” program, which means scientists will closely monitor it as it approaches the Earth, according to the Telegraph.

At 2:41pm GMT on Friday afternoon, when Earth’s closest encounter with the asteroid will occur, the asteroid will come closest to Earth in 962 days.

Despite the fact that it approaches Earth fairly closely and could cause substantial damage if it hits the planet, it is classified as potentially hazardous due to its potential to cause substantial damage in the event of an impact.

A meteorite of 1,500 feet in diameter might eventually smash a metropolis and create a crater 11 miles wide and wipe out nearly 2 million people in an instant if it has a diametre of 1,500 feet. A large fireball would be generated by the explosion, which would be similar in size to 141 gigatons of TNT, and the impact would make an additional 11 million people dead.

Despite that fact, there is no need for us to worry too much about it as this asteroid will not enter the atmosphere of the Earth, but will still approach relatively close to the planet, according to Dr Minjae Kim, a research fellow in the Physics Department at the University of Warwick.

Asteroids, of which there are about 2,350 that could pose a threat to human life, exist in our solar system in millions. Of these asteroids, there are millions that are potentially dangerous. Based on its luminosity and reflective properties, the diameter of the 2008 OS7 is estimated to be between 725ft and 1,622ft. This is one of the most intriguing aspects of the 2008 OS7. Kim described the object as being roughly the size of a football field, which placed it in the category of a small to moderately sized asteroid.

Asteroid risk assessment is one of the primary responsibilities of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which is part of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

There are a great deal of asteroids and comets which come close to the Earth from time to time. Most of these objects, however, do not orbit the planet at such an extreme point as to bring them extremely close to the planet.

As part of its next close encounter with the Earth, 99942 Apophis will make a close approach on April 14, 2029. Astroids such as this could cause major damage to the environment if they hit.

Nasa’s Osiris-Apex mission is currently on its way to the asteroid in order to investigate the effects of such a close collision between the asteroid and Earth on its physical properties.

The news was found in an article published by Timenews.

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