The space rock, known as asteroid 2020 QL2, is in excess of 120 meters (393 feet) in diameter
A space rock more extensive than two expert football fields is set to fly securely past Earth on Sept. 14, as indicated by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.
The space rock, known as space asteroid QL2, is in excess of 120 meters (393 feet) in breadth, the administration office notes.
It is expected to fly past Earth at a speed of about 24,000 mph and come extremely close to 4.2 million miles.
By comparison, the moon is 238,900 miles from the Earth.
Asteroid 2020 QL2 is considered “potentially hazardous” by NASA, given its size and closeness to Earth, despite the fact that it has basically zero chance of hitting the planet one week from now.
“Potentially hazardous” NEOs are characterized as space protests that go in close vicinity to 0.05 cosmic units (4.6 million miles) and measure in excess of 460 feet in distance across, as per NASA. As indicated by a 2018 report set up via Planetary.org, there are more than 18,000 NEOs.
In August, a b-ball court-sized space rock flew “at least” 45,000 miles from Earth, as indicated by NASA’s Asteroid Watch.
Independently in August, a asteroid the size of a pickup truck flew inside 2,000 miles of Earth, the nearest ever recorded. It was missed by NASA until after it flew past the planet.
NASA unveiled a 20-page plan in 2018 that subtleties the means the U.S. should take to be more ready for NEOs, for example, space rocks and comets that come surprisingly close to the planet.
An ongoing overview demonstrated that Americans favor a space program that centers around possible space rock impacts over sending people back to the moon or to Mars.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in April 2019 that a asteroid strike isn’t something to be taken lightly and is maybe Earth’s greatest danger.