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FP Staff11 Jan. 2022 11:23:28 IST
Brace yourself, because today, January 11, a huge asteroid will pass by Earth.
Are we going to feel effects? Will it hit the Earth? Will we be safe? Read on as we try to answer these questions.
About Asteroid 2013 YD48
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) named the space rock as Asteroid 2013 YD48.
According to the space agency, the asteroid is 104 meters wide, larger than Big Ben in London. NASA said it would pass our planet on January 11 at a distance of 3,480,000 miles.
In addition, the space agency has categorized it as a “potentially dangerous object” due to its size and relative proximity to Earth as it flew past.
So, will it affect the Earth?
Don’t worry, NASA says, because it will miss Earth by a great distance.
While we can safely assume that 3,480,000 miles is far, far away from Earth, it’s actually quite small in terms of space travel.
According to reports, anything that comes within a radius of 120 million miles from Earth is classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO) by NASA.
If it crashed to Earth, it would destroy our planet, but we don’t have to worry because it’s not close enough.
Previous cases of an asteroid hitting Earth
That is not to say that no asteroid has hit Earth in the past.
Eight years ago, an asteroid called the Chelyabinsk meteor — about the size of a six-story building — slammed into the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Feb. 15, 2013.
According to Space.com, the blast was stronger than a nuclear explosion, triggering detections from monitoring stations as far as Antarctica. The shock wave caused broken glass and injured about 1,200 people.
More asteroids are heading our way
Asteroid 2013 YD48 isn’t alone in getting close to Earth in the New Year.
On January 6, a 7-meter-wide asteroid called 2014 YE15 passed. It was 4.6 million miles from Earth.
It’s not rare to see asteroids pass so close to Earth.
Earlier this week, an asteroid nearly three times the size of 2013’s YD48 came within 1.9 million miles of Earth at 47,000 miles per hour, according to the space agency.
With input from agencies