It’s been just revealed that next month, in April, an asteroid will be passing by, and the scariest thing is its size, according to NASA.
Express noted that the enormous space rock is being tracked by NASA’s automated systems at the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) in California, US.
“The asteroid has been officially dubbed 52768 (1998 OR2) and is estimated to measure up to 2.5 miles (4.1km) across,” the online publication writes.
We all know what you’re thinking about: what would happen if the space rock were to hit the planet? Well, the answer is really gloomy because this would turn out to be devastating.
The asteroid will be the closest on April 29
It’s also worth noting that the space agency estimated the fact that the rock is heading towards Earth at speeds of about 8.7km per second or 19,461mph (31,320kmh).
At this rate, the space rock will close-in on Earth on April 29. When this happens, the space agency stated that the asteroid would make a “close approach” to Earth.
According to the Planetary Society, “an asteroid bigger than 0.6 miles (1km) across is big enough to threaten global destruction,” as reported by the same online publication that we mentioned above.
They also note the fact that experts are estimating that such objects have only one in 50k chances of hitting our planet every 100 years, which you must admit is a pretty low risk.
MIT experts find new ways to fight killer asteroids
Speaking of killer asteroids, not too long ago, we reported that MIT experts found a new way to deflect such potential killer space rocks.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have suggested a new way to save the planet from potential disasters caused by space rock hits.
They are convinced that the best option by which our planet can be saved is by “nudging an approaching asteroid from its collision course trajectory.”