A new asteroid finding from NASA makes enthusiasts excited. NASA’s asteroid tracker spotted a new space rock that’s racing towards our beloved planet with 48,400 mph.
New asteroid approaches Earth today
A brand new report says that the asteroid is predicted to approach the planet today.
According to the latest reports coming from EconoTimes and Express, formally known as 2020 DB, by the time this NEO approaches our planet, it will have sped towards us at a speed of 21.67 kilometers per second.
According to NASA, the space rock measures within the range of 39.4 feet to 88.5 feet in diameter, and this makes it a pretty small space rock.
Because of its size, if the asteroid were to hit the planet, which will not happen, it would likely burn up upon the contact with our atmosphere, so it would not be dangerous.
On the other hand, there’s always this example of a smaller asteroid that has made it past the atmosphere such as the Chelyabinsk incident back in 2013.
If the space rock does make it past the atmosphere, it would only cause damage to the area it falls on.
“If a rocky meteoroid larger than 25m but smaller than one kilometer – a little more than half-a-mile – were to hit Earth, it would likely cause local damage to the impact area,’ NASA said not too long ago.
Anyway, just like always, we’d like to remind our readers that the chances of an asteroid hitting the planet are close to zero, according to official data coming from NASA.
Another potentially hazardous asteroid passed us
In other asteroid-related news, about a week ago, it was revealed that an asteroid that was big enough to cause huge destruction on a global scale was approaching the planet.
NASA confirmed the news after the space agency’s tracking systems had found a potentially catastrophic space rock that’s dubbed 2002 PZ39, which was believed to measure nearly 3,280ft (one kilometer) across.