A Huge One Mile Wide Asteroid Will Go Past Earth Before Christmas

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NASA has made a revelation where they have said that a monstrous asteroid of width more than a mile, will fly past the planet on what is known as Earth Close Approach. It is expected that the asteroid will be at its closest to Earth, only three days before Christmas. The scientists of NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory expect that the space rock, which is dubbed as Asteroid 2003 SD220, will go by the planet at around 1:04 am GMT. The asteroid measures within the range of 3018 ft to 1.3 miles in diameter. There are hundreds of tonnes debris related to space hit the planet on a day to day basis but they all get stopped by the atmosphere of Earth.

According to The Planetary Society’s Dr. Bruce Betts, this huge asteroid might cause some sort of regional destruction or even some kind of a catastrophe at the global level. Dr. Betts, the space expert said that if one uses the cut-off mark for asteroids, whose diameter is one meter, there are more than half a billion asteroid, which is close to Earth. All those are capable of causing damage to Earth. He even said that those objects, which measure more than 30 and carry the potential to cause damage in case they struck Earth, there are close to a million of them. Overall these years, scientists have only managed to find 20,000 of them. Though the asteroid will come close to Earth thankfully, there is a minimum chance of it hitting the planet.

The Asteroid SD220, at its closest level, will reach Earth within the astronomical units of 0.01890. One astronomical unit measures around 93 million miles and it basically describes the distance that lies between the Earth and the Sun. The asteroid will close the distance down to only 1.7 million miles. This is equal to 7.36 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. As far as the cosmic scale of distances is concerned, this is a remarkably close call with an absolutely killer asteroid. NASA stated that, around once every year, a car-sized asteroid hits the Earth’s atmosphere, goes on to create quite an impressive fireball and gets burned up before reaching the Earth’s surface.

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