A gigantic asteroid is about to collide with the orbit of our planet on the 6th of September. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the size of the asteroid is pretty huge. It is two times bigger than the size of the world-wide popular monument in Egypt namely the Pyramid of Giza. The scientists further claimed that the asteroid is expected to be around 886 feet in stature and 270 metres in width. The news report pointed at the time of approximately 3:30 PM when Earth will witness this event. To have more insight into it, give a read to the post.
Details on the asteroid
The team of the researchers has noted the asteroid to be an Apollo for crossing the orbit of the Earth. Initially, the astronomers spotted the asteroid around 10 years ago. They even named it 465824 (2010 FR).
Nevertheless, the researchers of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies stated that similar to other asteroids that have crashed with Earth, this one will also create no harm.
While discussing the event, NASA revealed the term NEO is used to define the asteroids and the comets that enter into the neighbourhood of the Earth due to the gravitational attraction of the close planets into the trajectory. The discussed asteroid is undoubtedly a NEO. In addition, it remains within 1.3 au from that of the Sun (1 astronomical unit = 14,95,97,871 Km)
The scientists further revealed that these types of asteroids might not be harmful towards our planet, but it can make some changes in the planets’ orbital path. Moreover, it is also likely to nudge the orbit of the asteroid. The alteration in the orbital path occurs while the asteroid absorbs the sunlight and releases it in the form of radiation or heat.
However, sometimes, the gravitational tug of different planets influence the orbital paths of the asteroids. The researchers are in the belief that, over the past, the collision between Earth and the fragments of the asteroids played a big role in our planet’s evolution. On the 1st of September, the asteroid will remain closer to the Earth than the Moon.