Get ready because today, January 11th, a massive asteroid will pass near Earth.
Are we going to feel any effects? Will it hit the earth? Will we be sure Read on as we try to answer these questions.
Via Asteroid 2013 YD48
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has named the space rock as Asteroid 2013 YD48.
According to the space agency, the asteroid is 104 meters wide, making it larger than Big Ben in London. NASA said it would pass our planet at a distance of 3,480,000 miles on Jan. 11.
Additionally, the space agency has classified it as a “potentially dangerous object” due to its size and relative proximity to Earth when it shot past.
Will it affect the earth?
Don’t worry, says NASA, because it will miss the earth far.
While we can safely assume that 3,480,000 miles is far, far from Earth, in terms of space travel it is actually quite small.
According to reports, anything that moves within 120 million miles of the earth is classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO) by NASA.
If it crashed on earth, it would devastate our planet, but we don’t have to worry as it is not close enough.
Previous cases where an asteroid hit Earth
That’s not to say that no asteroid has hit Earth in the past.
Eight years ago, on February 15, 2013, an asteroid called the Chelyabinsk Meteor – about the size of a six-story building – broke out over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia.
According to Weltraum.com, The explosion was stronger than a nuclear explosion and sparked discoveries from monitoring stations as far as Antarctica. The shock wave created splinters of glass and injured about 1,200 people.
More asteroids are coming our way
Asteroid 2013 YD48 isn’t the only one approaching Earth in the new year.
An asteroid 7 meters wide called 2014 YE15 passed on January 6th. It was 4.6 million miles from Earth.
It’s not uncommon for asteroids to pass this close to Earth.
Earlier this week, an asteroid nearly three times the size of the 2013 YD48 came within 1.9 million miles of Earth at a speed of 47,000 miles per hour, according to the space agency.
With inputs from agencies
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