A giant asteroid twice the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is heading towards Earth and will reach our vicinity on Monday. On its journey through the expanses of space at rapid speeds of more than 300 km / h, the impressive space rock will hit planet Earth around noon on July 24th.
The asteroid in question is known as 441987 (2010 NY65) and was, so to speak, long on the radar of NASA. As the name implies, the space rock was first discovered in 2010 and classified as Near Earth Object (NEO). As NASA explains, a NEO "is an asteroid or comet whose orbit takes it into or through a zone between about 91 million and 121 million miles from the Sun, meaning that it is within about 30 million miles of Earth orbit [1
In the case of the asteroid 441987 (2010 NY65), his visits to the Earth's cosmic neighborhood are very frequent and occur almost annually. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists have determined after more than eight years of accurate orbital observation that this object is an Aten asteroid. This means that the space rock is crossing the Earth, as it not only approaches our planet, but occasionally crosses Earth's orbit. In fact, Aten asteroids spend most of their time in orbit, NASA notes.
Over the years, the imposing space rock has made headlines on the eve of its approach to planet Earth. Another reason the media paid much attention to the asteroid 441987 (2010 NY65) is that it was considered a potentially dangerous asteroid.
"Potentially dangerous asteroids or PHAs are a subset of the asteroid-larger group of near-earth asteroids," NASA explains.
"The PHAs have Earth orbits within five million miles and are large enough to withstand passage through the Earth's atmosphere and scale larger at regional or regional level.
As implements Down To Earth a NEO, to be considered a PHA, must be within an Earth orbit of 4.66 million miles and have a diameter of at least 460 feet.
The rock named 441987 (2010 NY65) has a diameter of 130 to 300 meters and will pass the earth at a speed of more than 45,000 km / h Earth (@ down2earthindia) June 19, 2019
During his ma NASA assures that close contact with the huge asteroid on Monday is nothing to worry about.
According to CNEOS, the space rock should be between 426 feet and 984 feet wide. Even at the bottom of the NASA size estimate, the asteroid is still nearly as big as the pyramid of Giza. At the top of the size estimate, its size doubles, making it 2.15 times the size of the Egyptian pyramid.
The object will appear shortly after noon on Planet Earth and quickly pass our homeworld at 12:59 pm ET. However, according to the JPL, the heavenly visitor is not too close to feel comfortable. During tomorrow's flyby on Earth, the massive asteroid will only reach the surface of the planet within 1.82 million miles. To put that into perspective, that's 7.63 times the distance to the moon.
The asteroid will return to another encounter in 2020 and visit planet Earth each year until 2035. After that, the space rock will disappear for a century, only to reappear in 2137 and continue its series of annual overflights of the earth.