However, more worrying than this week’s celestial visitors is a guest who visited our backyard and left before anyone noticed – asteroid 2020 LD, which measures 400 ft/122 meters in diameter. It comes hot on the heels of another asteroid unexpectedly whizzing between Earth and the Moon without anyone noticing.
Four of the five space rocks due to buzz the Earth this week were only spotted in May, raising concerns about just how prepared our planetary defenses are; While we caught them, we cut it very close if we needed to shoot them out of the sky or at least deflect them, our only two options to stave off an asteroid apocalypse at present. On April 13, 2029, asteroid 99942 Apophis will graze our geostationary satellites in orbit around the planet.
Thankfully, the asteroids, ranging in size from 46 feet to 180 feet in diameter, will miss us by a safe margin of error of between 869,000 miles and 4.1 million miles, so there is no immediate concern about an impending fiery death raining down from the sky to top off the wildfires, pandemic, economic crises, and social and civil unrest which have plagued the Earth so far in 2020.
The first planned ‘drill’ will take place in 2026, when NASA will attempt to deflect the asteroid Psyche using a so-called ‘kinetic impactor’.
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According to CNEOS, this asteroid is currently traveling across the Solar System and is moving towards Earth at a speed of about 17,000 miles per hour.
The asteroid is 6.5 feet in diameter, according to NASA data, and first identified at the Palomar Observatory in California two years ago. According to NASA, the asteroid follows a wide path around the Sun, which extends to the plane between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Instead, the asteroid will probably burn up in the atmosphere and create a powerful explosion in the sky.
Based on the data collected by the agency’s Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the asteroid could cause an impact event on Earth if it directly collides with the planet. From time to time, 2008 UB95 intersects Earth’s orbit as it goes around the Sun.
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2020 DA4 is a member of the Apollo family of asteroids. CNEOS noted that the asteroid measures about 144 feet wide, which makes it slightly shorter than the Chicago Water Tower. According to its database, 2008 UB95 will fly past the planet on March 11 at 8:08 am EST.
NASA says the chance of it actually impacting Earth is 0.41%, so you can pretty much count on it. If the asteroid collides with the planet during one of its near-Earth intersections, it most likely won’t cause an impact event on the ground. Although much of the explosion will be directed towards the atmosphere, the remaining energy could still be powerful enough to damage buildings, shatter windows and injure people on the ground. However, if the asteroid collides with Earth at an impact angle of over 45 degrees, it could penetrate the planet’s atmosphere and hit the ground. Based on the asteroid’s size and current speed, the blast from its airburst could be equivalent to multiple atomic bombs.
According to CNEOS, 2020 DA4 will intersect Earth’s orbit on March 3 at 9:06 a.m. EST. According to CNEOS, the massive asteroid will fly past Earth from a distance of 0.06122 astronomical units or 5.7 million miles during its future visit. As it crosses Earth’s path, the asteroid is expected to be about 0.00629 astronomical units or roughly 585,000 miles from the planet’s center.
NASA confirmed that an asteroid as big as a building will dangerously approach Earth this week. According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the approaching asteroid is known as 2020 BJ1. With a diameter of 1,100 ft (340m), Apophis is not quite ‘planet killer’ in size, but it will mark the closest approach by one of the largest known asteroids expected to cross paths with the Earth in the near future. While still a considerable time away for us here on Earth, the clock is ticking in terms of organizing and assembling our planetary defenses in some tangible way. It’s 2020 so an asteroid is headed toward Earth on the day before the election. As indicated in CNEOS’ database, this asteroid is currently moving towards Earth at a speed of over 20,000 miles per hour. Fortunately, CNEOS noted that the approaching asteroid is expected to miss Earth during its upcoming visit. All rights reserved. Due to its size, the impact caused by 2008 UB95 could produce enough energy to destroy a relatively large area such as a town or village.
Get short URL. NASA confirmed that an asteroid as big as a building will dangerously approach Earth this week. Next up is Bennu, with a diameter of 1,610 ft (490m), which boasts a slim chance of striking Earth between 2175 and 2199.
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That is, of course, if we make it out of 2020 intact. This means that the asteroid will only be about twice the distance between the Earth and the Moon during its approach. According to astrophysicists’ best current estimates, an asteroid with a diameter of 1,640ft (500m) or more is estimated to strike the Earth once every 130,000 years or so. NASA is reporting a rather rocky start to the week, as the Earth is set for at least five asteroid … NASA warned that a massive asteroid is currently headed for Earth. It has an estimated diameter of 223 feet, making it almost as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747 plane.
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NASA warns of another FIVE asteroids headed our way, after we MISSED one that passed closer than the MOON. 15 Jun, 2020 09:46 / Updated 4 months ago. The approaching asteroid has been identified as 2020 DA4. Share this story! As an Earth-crossing asteroid, 2008 UB95 has a chance of hitting Earth if its trajectory slightly changes. An asteroid dubbed "potentially hazardous" by space agency NASA will come incredibly close to Earth next week, NASA's asteroid trackers have confirmed. The asteroid could cause an impact event on Earth NASA warned that a massive asteroid is currently headed for Earth. © Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”, 2005–2020. During its approach, the asteroid will be about 0.04726 astronomical units or roughly 4.4 million miles away.
During this time, this asteroid will be about 0.01492 astronomical units or roughly 1.4 million miles from Earth.