NASA has been analyzing a huge potentially hazardous asteroid that’s expected to approach our planet this month.
As expected, we’ll also mention what would happen if the rock were to hit Earth because we know that some of you always imagine such sci-fi scenarios.
Well, this is a pretty big one, so if it were to hit us, it could wipe out an entire populated city.
The asteroid is monitored by NASA
Ibtimes online publication reveals that this space rock is currently being monitored by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).
The asteroid has been identified as 2012 XA133. According to the space agency, this asteroid is currently traveling across space and moving toward our planet at a massive velocity of almost 53,000 miles per hour.
It’s also important to mention the fact that according to the latest data coming from CNEOS, the asteroid is about 1,280 feet. Just to make it easier to understand, the asteroid is larger than the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower as well.
The data revealed that the space rock is an Apollo asteroid, which means that it follows an orbit that directly cuts through Earth’s trajectory around the sun.
A potentially hazardous asteroid
Because of its size and the Earth-crossing orbit, the space rock has already been labeled as a 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,” NASA stated.
“Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance of 0.05 [astronomical units] or less and an absolute magnitude of 22.0 or less are considered [potentially hazardous asteroids],” the space agency explained.
As apocalyptic as it might sound, a scenario in which this space rock hits us has almost zero chances of becoming a reality, so you should not worry about it.