A Big Ben-sized asteroid will pass the Earth MORNING at an airspeed of 30,420 miles per hour.
- Asteroid 2013 MD8 is expected to pass Earth on Wednesday, NASA said.
- The space rock has a diameter of nearly 280ft, which is in competition with the size of Big Ben
- . It will fly at about 13 lunar distances or just over 3 million miles from our planet.
A massive asteroid, which is believed to be larger than the size of Big Ben, will arrive tomorrow afternoon at a speed of 30,422 miles per hour Hour past the earth.
The asteroid, called MD8 in 2013, is expected to pass Earth at a distance of more than 3 million kilometers. This is about 13 times the distance between Earth and Moon on Tuesday at 12:55 pm (ET).
With nearly 280 feet in diameter, MD8 can keep up with the 320-foot Big Ben clock tower.
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NASA considers an asteroid "dangerous" if it is within 4,600,000 miles of our planet.
Asteroid MD8 falls into the category of a "near-Earth object" (NEO), referred to by NASA as "asteroids", comets that move around the Earth within 30 million miles.
NASA tracks these and other near-Earth objects (NEOs) to track potential threats.
However, there is little to fear, even with MD8, a near-Earth object.
The massive asteroid, called MD8 in 2013, will fly past the earth at a dizzying speed of 30,422 miles per hour. It falls under the category established by NASA for near-Earth objects
With a diameter of almost 280 feet, the 2013 Asteroid MD8 can keep up with the Big Ben clock tower in size with 320 feet. The space rock is likely to fall into the category of near-earth objects.
"It is not known that in the last 1000 years, a human was killed by a meteorite or by the impact of an impact," said NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists.
"NASA does not recognize an asteroid or comet that is currently on a collision course with Earth. Therefore, the probability of a larger collision is quite low.
"In fact, as good as we can tell, probably no large objects will hit Earth in the next hundred years," they continued.
The agency believes that of the more than 600,000 known asteroids in our solar system, there are about 16,000 NEOs.
MD8 also falls into the category of "potentially dangerous objects", ie those that reach a minimum distance of less than 0.05 Au from Earth and have an absolute strength (H) of 22.0 or brighter.
Asteroid 2013 MD8 has an absolute strength of 24.2.
WHAT CAN WE GET WITH AN ERD PREVENTION?
Currently, NASA could not distract an asteroid when it targets Earth, but it could mitigate the effects and take action to protect lives and property.
These include the evacuation of the impact area and the displacement of the key infrastructure.
Determining the orbit's trajectory, size, shape, mass, composition, and rotational dynamics would help professionals to determine the severity of a potential impact.
The key to mitigation is finding a potential threat as early as possible.
NASA is currently moving forward with a refrigerator-sized spacecraft that can prevent the collision of asteroids with the Earth. A test with a small, non-threatening asteroid is scheduled for 2024.
This is the first mission that demonstrates an asteroid diversion technique for planetary defense.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) would use the so-called kinetic impactor technique – beating the asteroid to shift its orbit.
The impact would change the speed of a threatening asteroid by a small fraction of its overall speed, but if he does so before the predicted impact, this small impetus will over time contribute to a large shift of the asteroid's path from Earth ,