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1300-foot asteroid rushing towards Earth today; Space rock is a horror in size and speed

Hindustan Times logo Hindustan Times 02-12-2022 HT Tech

There are a lot of asteroids that NASA scientists track on a daily basis. Even the current known asteroid count is 1113527. But do asteroids hit the Earth? Sadly, the answer is yes! Just a couple of weeks ago, NASA spotted an asteroid just three hours before it actually hit Earth. Thankfully, it didn't harm anyone, but NASA scientists informed that it "streaked across the sky high in Earth's atmosphere, broke up, and likely scattered small meteorites over the southern coastline of Lake Ontario." Another relieving fact is that the asteroid was just roughly 1 meter (3 feet) wide. So, if this small asteroid can grab so much attention and actually end up raining small rocks on the Earth, imagine what a 1300-foot asteroid can do in terms of damage.

NASA has warned that there is a giant Stadium-sized asteroid that is hurtling towards Earth at a fiery speed of 103833 km per hour today. NASA's JPL watchboard, which informs about the upcoming potentially hazardous asteroids in advance, says the scary asteroid, named 2009 HV58 measures a whopping 1300-foot in diameter. The horror of this giant monster rock doesn't end here!

NASA flags any asteroid as a potentially hazardous asteroid on the basis of its closest approach to Earth. If it comes within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers of Earth and measures larger than about 150 meters in size, NASA dubs it as a potentially hazardous object. NASA's Asteroid Watch Dashboard data shows that this upcoming asteroid will come as close as 2.93 million miles to Earth. Hence, Asteroid 2009 HV58 is a potential threat to Earth due to its massive size and uncomfortably close approach to the Earth.

NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission

Recently, NASA successfully tested its DART Mission. In order to test planetary defence, a NASA spacecraft struck a non-hazardous asteroid called Dimorphos to determine how an asteroid strike on Earth can be averted. The collision successfully shifted the asteroid from its route. Plus, NASA constantly keeps an eye on upcoming asteroids with the help of some of the best technologies. Such as, with the use of optical and radio telescopes, NASA determines the size, shape, rotation, and physical composition of asteroids.

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