Asteroid the size of a blue whale is approaching Earth

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Asteroid the size of a blue whale is approaching Earth

The asteroid is approaching our planet at 33,000 10 kilometers per hour, but it will probably pass us safely

Tomorrow, an asteroid that might be dangerous will pass rather close to the planet.

The 2015 FF space rock is almost the same size as an adult blue whale, with an estimated diameter of 13 to 28 meters.

It will approach Earth at a speed of 20,512 miles per hour, approaching at a distance of 4.3 million kilometers, or almost eight times the distance between our planet and the Moon.

Near-Earth objects are those that are within 193 million kilometers of Earth, while potentially dangerous objects are those that are within 7.5 million kilometers.

The rock may easily be sent racing towards Earth by an unanticipated collision with another asteroid.

There are several early-warning systems on the earth to get people ready for a crash. The planetary defense team of the European Space Agency discovered an asteroid in March, hours before it hit the world.

Additionally, NASA has been working on satellites that may prevent a potentially fatal collision. Dart, or the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, was launched earlier this year to the Didymos asteroid, located 6.7 million miles from Earth.

Even at 15,000 mph, the expedition will only slightly perturb the asteroid’s orbit, but if researchers can identify potentially dangerous asteroids in time, that may be all that is required to divert it.

But if they fail to do so, the consequences can be disastrous. After a week-long experiment, NASA came to the conclusion that even with six months’ notice, tragedy would still be certain if a large asteroid were to strike Earth.

The panelists stated that, with our existing capabilities, we would not be able to launch any spacecraft on such short notice if the scenario were to occur in real life.

The only course of action in such a situation would be to flee the region before the asteroid struck, but the impact zone included a significant portion of North Africa and Europe.

https://www.independent.co.

 

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