Near-Earth Asteroid Will Fly Closest To Earth Tomorrow

Posted: Apr 18 2017, 9:07am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Near-Earth Asteroid Will Fly Closest to Earth Tomorrow
  • Mile-wide asteroid will make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years

A pretty large asteroid earning the moniker “The Rock” will follow a path at a safe distance from the earth after a time lapse of 400 years tomorrow.

A huge asteroid which is a hazard in its nature is to fly closeby to the earth tomorrow. It is a mile in its dimensions. It is actually labeled as Object 2014 JO25 and nicknamed after the wrestler Dwayne Johnson.

Thus it is called “The Rock” due to its sheer monstrous size. It is currently on the radar and approaching our planet in a path that is getting closer and closer with each passing second and minute.

It will approach and remain at a distance of 4.6 lunar lengths from out spaceship earth. This is the closest call we have ever had with an asteroid of such a huge size in the last ten odd years or so.

This one will return again only after 400 years. The asteroid was detected in the summer months of 2014 in Arizona. While not a lot of information has been gathered about this heavenly body, we do know this much that it is very reflective.

What this means is that it could probably be seen from the vantage point of the earth by the naked eye soon. Its dimensions are somewhere between 640 meters and 1.4 kilometers.

This hunk of rock is traveling at a speed of 73 mph. The asteroid will come as close as 1.1 million miles to the earth. The timing is such that tomorrow at 8:24 AM, this asteroid will make a flyby close to the earth.

A NASA representative warned of this approaching asteroid last year. Its humongous dimensions and close proximity to the earth could raise a few heartbeats in apprehension.

While this asteroid has been declared to be potentially hazardous in its basic nature, we have no need to fear it just now. The distance at which it will remain from the earth is pretty safe despite its sheer size.

It is just that humanity is not used to something so big zipping by the earth at such an extreme speed. The next close call will be with an 800m asteroid termed the 1999 AN10. This will fly by close to the earth in 2027.

That of course is a long way off on the time line. So we don’t have to get all uptight and announce the doom of all life forms on our planet just yet. Such alarmism is unnecessary in its nature.

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