NASA Spots 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid Rapidly Approaching Earth

James Marshall
February 14, 2020

However, they have warned that if the the rock hits the Earth, it will cause a huge impact.

Though asteroid 2020 BX12 is considered a "potentially hazardous" near-Earth object (NEO) because of its size and minimum orbit intersection distance of 188,000 miles from Earth, it "poses no danger at this time and is now receding from Earth", Arecibo added.

According to CNEOS, this current asteroid will pass over the planet on the 15th of February (tomorrow) at 6:05 am EST. Because of its minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) and size, it was considered as a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA).

NASA said that the chances of that space rock colliding with Earth are also low. According to the report, NASA said it is bigger than even the largest man-made structures.

Potentially hazardous asteroids are 500ft (150m) across or larger and approach Earth's orbit from within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million km).

NASA has confirmed that an asteroid larger than the tallest man-made structure in the world is now travelling towards Earth at a speed of nearly 34,000 miles per hour.

A binary asteroid is a two-asteroid system that has one common center.

"Over long periods of time, however, the chances of the Earth being impacted are not negligible so that some form of NEO insurance is warranted".

At its closest, the space rock will approach Earth from about 0.03860 astronomical units.

Fortunately, NASA expects the big space rock to miss Earth by about 3.6 million miles.

In other words, NASA expects the rock to safely miss us by more than 3.58 million miles (5.77 million km).

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