Our planet earth will encounter a close call with a large asteroid soon. It will not cause any harm and the event will occur within a time span of two weeks.
An asteroid that is a hundred feet in length and moving at a speed of 34,000 mph will be passing close to the earth two weeks from now. Scientists have assured the layman public that it will not strike the earth.
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The fact that this one is benign does not mean that any future ones will be just as harmless though. This asteroid may lead to greater research by NASA regarding the many NEOs (Near Earth Objects) that inhabit the regions close to our planet.
Were any such asteroid to hit the earth, it could easily destroy an area the size of a metropolitan city. The results could be even worse where the impact reduces large swathes of land to rubble.
Thus the best method of prevention is to be prepared and take the initiative before any such untoward event takes place. This one which is scheduled to pass by the earth has been termed 2016 TX68. It is bigger than the largest road vehicle, according to MercuryNews.
Monday, March 7th is the day and date when this heavenly body will pass close enough to the earth to raise a few heartbeats. It will come as far as one tenths the distance between the earth and the moon to our planet.
That is indeed cause for concern but the astronomers at NASA are not worried. They claim that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. While the asteroid will come pretty close to the earth, it will not be grazing its surface at all. So all such alarmist messages ought to be taken with a grain of salt.
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The asteroid will be flying closer to the earth than some of our weather and communications satellites. While it will not be visible to the naked eye at first, when it does come close enough, it will be seen to be the biggest encounter in the past three years or so. In 2013, another asteroid that was even bigger zipped past the earth. This asteroid follows an elliptical route around the sun. The chances of it hitting the earth the next time it passes it by are about one in 250 million. There appears to be no cause for apprehension. However, you cannot stop the doubt-mongers and their panic attacks that send shivers in the hearts of so many.