Christmas Eve Asteroid Will Safely Pass By Earth Today

Posted: Dec 24 2015, 2:59am CST | by , Updated: Dec 24 2015, 11:44am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Christmas Eve Asteroid will Safely Pass by Earth Today
These images of an asteroid 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) long were taken on Dec. 17 (left) and Dec. 22 by scientists using NASA's giant Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California. This asteroid will safely fly past Earth on Dec. 24, at a distance of 6.8 million miles (11 million kilometers). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR
  • NASA confirms Christmas-Eve Asteroid will safely pass by Earth on Christmas Eve!

NASA has debunked media reports and claims of destructive earthquakes caused by the Christmas-eve asteroid.

An asteroid will reportedly pass by Earth on Christmas Eve. Previously multiple media reports emerged claiming the asteroid will cause destructive earthquakes on earth.

According to NASA, there is no substance to the claims that the asteroid will cause earthquakes on earth. The experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory stated the asteroid will safely pass by Earth on Christmas Eve.

The asteroid named 2003 SD220 will be about 6.6 million miles from Earth. The 10.6 million kilometers distance will occur on Christmas Eve.

The asteroid is still 27 times farther than the moon is from Earth. At 8:08 a.m. EST the asteroid will be at its closest point to earth. At that time it will not be visible to the naked eye.

The asteroid is only 1.24 miles or 2 kilometers wide. For an asteroid the size is relatively small. Even with its small size and vast distance from Earth it was deemed dangerous.

Many articles claimed the asteroid will pose a threat to the Earth. The JPL Near Earth Object (NEO) Office has already disproved many of these articles.

According to NEO the articles are filled with fake and false information. NEO further stated the asteroid 2003 SD220 poses no danger to the earth. NEO responded to all the claims on Twitter.

"The radar images data suggest that asteroid 2003 SD220 is highly elongated and at least 3,600 feet [1,100 meters] in length," said Lance Benner of JPL, who leads NASA's asteroid radar research program. "The data acquired during this pass of the asteroid will help us plan for radar imaging during its upcoming closer approach in 2018."

NASA has refuted the threat by observing their radar data. Paul Chodas is the manager of NASA's Center for NEO Studies at JPL. According to Chodas, the closest the asteroid will come to Santa and his eight tiny reindeer is a huge distance. It is about 28 times the distance between Earth and the moon. The radar by NASA is used to observe hundreds of asteroids.

"There is no cause for concern over the upcoming flyby of asteroid 2003 SD220 this Christmas Eve," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for NEO Studies at JPL. "The closest this object will come to Santa and his eight tiny reindeer is about 28 times the distance between Earth and the moon."

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