A possibly dangerous space rock that’s large enough to start a nuclear winter or mass destruction events on our planet was identified. The asteroid will intersect Earth’s route on Saturday. According to the information gathered by NASA, the approaching asteroid is more massive than the highest human-made building or formation in the world.
NASA’s CNEOS (Center for Near-Earth Object Studies) has discovered the latest asteroid as 163373 (2002 PZ39). As registered in CNEOS’ records, this cosmic feature is currently moving close to our planet at a speed of approximately 34,000 miles/hour.
Also, CNEOS measured that 163373 (2002 PZ39) is almost 3,250 feet, making it much bigger than the Burj Dubai, known as the highest building worldwide. According to such details, 163373 (2002 PZ39) will be the most magnificent space object to get close to Earth this month.
The 163373 (2002 PZ39) space rock was identified as a dangerous asteroid
CNEOS indicated that 163373 (2002 PZ39) is an Apollo asteroid. Such a thing means that this type of cosmic feature approaches Earth’s way around the Sun from time to time. Due to its hazardous orbit and large dimension, it was labeled as a PHA (Potentially Hazardous Asteroid).
“Potentially Hazardous Asteroids are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth,” stated NASA. As 163373 (2002 PZ39) goes on an Earth-crossing orbit, it could crash our planet every time it approaches us. If the cosmic feature hits with Earth, the consequences would be massive.
NASA and other space agencies have talked about such possibilities and warned that kilometer-sized space objects could harm our planet a lot. It would kill millions at its first blast. Then, because of its size, the energy from its eruption would be enough to start a global nuclear winter. The harsh environmental transformations triggered by the space object’s blast could also lead to mass destruction of various species.
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