29 April Asteroid bigger than any Tallest Tower in world | Massive Impact? | NASA Warnings!
on April 29th, 2020, a mile-long 29 April Asteroid name ‘52768 (1998 OR2)’ bigger than any tower in the world will make a close approach to earth as it passes safely by, there’s no need to worry, this asteroid will not even come close to hitting the earth.
our solar system is actually littered with asteroids and comets, and sometimes, they do come very close to the earth, and when they come very close they are known as ‘near-earth object’, NASA wants to know about all near-earth objects, so that we can track their movement through near-earth space and predict their trajectories or any kind of big impact on the planet earth.
Does 29th April Asteroid pose a threat?
This Asteroid which is coming very close to earth is named as 1998 OR 2, NASA is tracking it for over 20 years and they are predicting this close approach for a long time, it is one of the largest near the earth asteroid with the size of 2-3 kilometers in diameters, which is pretty HUGE, it is 5 times bigger than the world’s tallest building, but it is passing very far away, it is passing about four million miles away from the earth, so it is not a threat but it is notable because it is one of the larger asteroids.
As per the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it is very important to identify and find the asteroids early so they can determine and predict it’s path and trajectory that could impact the earth, the more time we will have to prepare for that and perhaps do something about it, to prevent an impact on the earth by changing its path or by destroying it into pieces using nuclear arms and ammunitions on it.
How often does asteroid come close to the earth?
Almost everyday asteroid comes closer to earth because there are so many asteroids floating around the earth but in terms of distance they are miles of kilometers away, or they are very small in size which burns themself before entering the orbit of the earth, but if any big asteroid approaches near to the earth than that can cause a thread, but these asteroids paths are very well predicted by NASA and other space researchers so there is no need to worry about them.
What is a close approach to earth?
In human terms, a close approach to earth means an asteroid which is 400-500 lakh miles kilometers away from earth, but for Aeronautics and Space Administration these are really close approach to earth, the moon is approximately 2 lakh miles away from earth but anything between earth and the moon is a close approach, but for NASA asteroids which are even farther from the moon around 500 lakh miles away are considered as a close approach. It is very necessary to predict the path of these asteroids to determine and impact the planet earth in near future.
How to see 29 April asteroid or other asteroid near earth?
To spot or observe an asteroid or comet, we need to start scanning the sky using a survey telescope and take multiple pictures of it, then those pictures are scanned to find any moving object if any moving object is discovered than it is scan against the already discovered asteroids to determine identity, many of the space research institutes provide data on these asteroids and which are available for a human to access to determine the name, size, and path along with the other identities, so they can easily track an asteroid.
NASA has provided a website to track any asteroids that close approach the planet other, https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/, this website provides information like the name of an asteroid, its distance from the earth and date of when it will arrive in close approach or really near to the earth.