The asteroid designated as an asteroid by the NASA Asteroid 2013 MD8 will pass Earth on a so-called "Earth Close Approach". NASA estimates that space rock will skyrocket in the afternoon hour on Tuesday, February 19, next week. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists reduced the passage to 5.55 GMT (UTC). When the asteroid passes by, it reaches a rapid speed of about 13.6 km per second – 48,960 km / h.
Asteroid MD8 is a prime example of a Near-Earth Object (NEO), which is an asteroid or comet on a trajectory that enters Earth's orbit.
NEOs sometimes come dangerously close to their home planet, but rarely hit the ground.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA), there are dozens of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) approaching Earth each month from a distance of 7.48 million km.
The space agency said, "Near-Earth objects are asteroids or comets on the order of meters to tens of kilometers orbiting the orbit. Sun and its orbits are approaching Earth's.
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"An example of an NEO is 25143 Itokawa, an object with a diameter of about 300 meters, which was visited in 2005 by the Japanese space probe Hayabusa. "
Asteroid MD8 will not land on Earth next week, but its proximity, coupled with its size and speed, is sufficient
NASA's JPL estimates that the MD8 measurements range anywhere from 124.6 feet up to 282 feet (38 to 86 meters) in diameter Rescue the Earth by derailing the 2,600FT Asteroid System REVEALED
At the top end of this size estimate, the asteroid is almost as big as the Big Ben clock tower in London and almost like that Big like the Statue of Liberty in New York
This means that MD8 is about 20 times as long as a VW Beetle cart is 45 times as long as a queen size bed.
At its next approach, the asteroid will approach Earth astronomically tomorrow from a distance of 0.03878 units (AU).
An astronomical unit measures an impressive 93 mills of ionic miles (149.6 million km) and is the distance from Earth to the Sun.
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This is approximately 15.09 times the distance between Earth and Moon – a unit of measurement known as Lunar Distances (LD).
But this is not the first and last time that the gigantic space rock flies over the earth.
Based on NASA calculations, space rock first visited Earth on February 5, 1902.
The asteroid will approach next in January 28, 2022.