Fri 12 August 2022:
NASA predicts that a “potentially hazardous” giant asteroid will pass within 4.3 million km of Earth on Friday.
According to NASA’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies, the asteroid, dubbed 2015 FF, has a diameter of 13 to 28 meters (CNEOS).
According to Live Science, it will pass the Earth at a speed of approximately 33,012 km/h.
NASA defines any space object that comes within 193 million km of Earth as a “near-Earth object” and any fast-moving object within 7.5 million km as “potentially hazardous.”
NASA has estimated the trajectories of all the near-Earth objects beyond the end of the century. Currently the Earth faces no known danger from an apocalyptic asteroid collision for at least the next 100 years.
Several space agencies are already working on ways to possibly deflect asteroids flying straight at Earth.
November of last year. NASA launched a spacecraft as part of its Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, with the goal of slamming a nonhazardous asteroid off course.
China is likewise in the early stages of developing an asteroid-redirect mission. The government claims that by launching 23 Long March 5 rockets into the asteroid Bennu, it will be able to divert the space rock from a possibly catastrophic collision with Earth, according to the report.
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