World's largest asteroid will pass through Earth after 3 years

James Marshall
November 30, 2020

Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building with a height of 829.8 metre and asteroid 2000 WO107, which was discovered in 2000, has a diameter is 820 metre. NEA is a group of comets and asteroids pulled into the orbit due to the gravitational forces of nearby planets, which allows them to enter the Earth's neighbourhood. But this is almost limitless space we're talking about, so that "minimum distance" is actually some four million kilometers from Earth, about 11 times the distance between Earth and our own moon. It is 800 m high and 500 m in diameter. According to NASA any celestial object with a minimum orbit intersection distance of 0.05 au has been labelled as Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. However, this asteroid is 500 m in diameter and the ones that can cause destruction is larger than 30 meters. It is only around six meters wide as per the observations of NASA, and if it impacted the planet it will simply burn up the atmosphere of the Earth, appearing as if it was a shooting star. "The scientific interest in comets and asteroids is due largely to their status as the relatively unchanged remnant debris from the solar system formation process some 4.6 billion years ago", NASA stated.

According to reports, Asteroid will pass close to the Earth at 10:38 pm. In space terms, this is close enough to qualify as a "close approach" even though there's no chance of it even coming within sight of anybody here on the ground. Scientists have placed this asteroid in the class near Earth. The biggest measure taken so far is the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

New research has revealed that Earth is not safe from the asteroids, leaving aside one named Apophis. The mission's target was Didymos, an asteroid that could pose a significant threat on Earth in future.

NASA has started the construction of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test that will be launched the next year and slam a smaller asteroid of the Didymos system.

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