The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, which is a part of NASA has reported that two large asteroids will pass by Earth. One of them has been identified as 162082 (or 1998 HL1), and it will be the largest asteroid that passes by Earth each month.
The asteroid is 3.248ft (or 1 km) wide, and it travels at a speed of 25,000 mph (or 40,233 kilometers per hour). NASA experts have also analyzed the second asteroid, which has been classified under the name of 2019 TR2. This rogue asteroid is considerably smaller, measuring 394ft (120m) while being faster as it moves at 31,000mph (50,000 kilometers per hour).
Both asteroids have been deemed to be Apollo-class asteroids. This means that they follow a very wide elliptical orbit that takes them around the Sun. In some cases the orbits will bring them close to Earth as the planet also orbits around the sun. If they get close enough to another object the gravitational pull can change their trajectories in the long run.
The larger asteroid will pass by Earth on October 25 at a distance of 3.9 million miles away from Earth. 2019 TR2 will approach our planet on October 29, at a distance of 4.6 million miles away. There are no risks for Earth at this point.
In recent month many space agencies have started to work hard on the development of pre-emptive defense initiative which aims to protect us from the potential threat of an asteroid which could clash with our planet at some point in the future.
Previous events have shown that even small asteroids can cause wide-scale damages even if they don’t crush into the surface of the planet. If a large asteroid hits a populated area it could destroy a city in a few seconds, an apocalyptic scenario that has to be avoided at all costs.