A massive asteroid has, again, been predicted to hit Earth today, on December 26th, or at least pass by our planet at a very close distance. The asteroid, known as 310442 or 200CH59, is said to come hazardously close to Earth.
According to reports, the space rock has a diameter of 2,034 feet (610 meters) and will be approximately 4.5 million miles away from our planet at the peak of its closest approach, which will happen around 02.54 a.m. EST.
Future Rendezvous by Earth
The asteroid CH59, which is flying through space at a speed of 27,500 miles per hour (44,256 kilometers per hour), would, fortunately, pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 19 times as the Moon is from our planet. Although the distance may seem to be gigantic, it is not too far when referred to in astronomical terms.
Paul Chodas, director of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), said: “At its closest, CH59 will be about 19 times farther than the Moon. Over many centuries and millennia, these asteroids might evolve into Earth-crossing orbits. So it is prudent to keep tracking them for decades to come and to study how their orbits might be evolving.”
NASA has foreseen that after the space rock’s closest rendezvous to Earth, it will pass by incredibly close to Venus on September 10th, 2020. The space object will then have a flyby our planet in March of 2021, December of 2023, and March of 2024.
Nowadays, a number of massive asteroids, such as 2019 OK, 2019 OD, 2015 HM10, 2019 OE, 2019 NN3, 2019 MB4, 2019 MT2, 2006 QV89, 2016 NO56M, RF12, and many others, had already passed by our planet at close distances, but, luckily, none of these crashed into Earth.
Recurrent Asteroid Events
Because of recurrent incidents of asteroids in the past, NASA established a new office known as The Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), back in 2016. The purpose of PDCO is to observe asteroids and comets that approach our planet at too close distances.
According to new research, scientists have suggested that asteroids have been colliding with Earth at almost three times their prior pace over the last 290 million years. Even so, they have no idea why this happens.