New Delhi: US area company NASA has confirmed that an asteroid the size of a stadium is heading towards Earth’s orbit. It is likely to whiz past subsequent Saturday, July 24 at 15:35 Eastern time which is 1:05 am Wednesday as per Indian Standard Time, the area company continues to monitor the object.
The asteroid, labelled 2008 GO20 that could possibly be up to 220 metres broad which is double the size of London’s Big Ben. Even although will probably be in shut proximity to Earth’s orbit there’s an especially low probability that it could make contact with the floor.
The asteroid is cruising at over 8 kilometres per second, which is round 28,800 km/hour, a velocity so excessive that it might annihilate something in its method. It is to go at a distance of 4.7 million kilometres from Earth which is roughly 11 occasions the distance between the Earth and Moon..
The orbit is classed below the time period “Apollo” which is described as a near-Earth asteroid that crosses the Earth’s orbit related to that of 1862’s Apollo.
Earlier, an asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower 2021KT1 had got here shut to the planet. It was categorized as “doubtlessly hazardous” and was at a distance of 4.5 million km to Earth’s orbit. Any object nearer than 4.6 million km, is taken into account a doubtlessly hazardous object.
Asteroid 2008 GO20 has been listed on NASA’s near-Earth Objects (NEOs) Close Approaches web site, the place the area company’s staff of astronomers are at the moment monitoring round 2,000 area rocks, comets and different objects which might fly shut to our planet.