- Another huge asteroid from the Earth is moving very fast towards the Earth.
- It is shaped like an asteroid football field and is under scientific observation
- According to NASA scientists this asteroid will pass through the Earth on May 4.
After passing through the Earth, the god of destruction, Apophis and the biggest asteroid of the year, now another giant asteroid is moving towards the earth with great speed. This is the size of an asteroid football field and that is why NASA scientists are keeping a close eye on the Asteroid 2021 AF8. According to scientists, this asteroid will pass near the Earth on 4 May.
NASA estimates that this asteroid ranges in size from 260 to 580 meters. This asteroid was first discovered by scientists in the month of March. The US Space Agency said that this 2021 AF8 is much smaller than other large asteroids that have passed through the Earth in space, but it is still very dangerous. The agency said that the 2021 AF8 asteroid is passing near the Earth at a speed of 9 km per second.
NASA’s eye for next 100 years
Scientists said that this asteroid can pass safely from a distance of about 3.4 million kilometers. Even after this, astronomers are closely monitoring this Apollo-based asteroid. This asteroid has been classified by NASA as a potentially dangerous asteroid. NASA’s Sentry System already monitors such threats. There are currently 22 such asteroids that have little chance of hitting the Earth for the coming 100 years. The first and largest Asteroid 29075 (1950 DA) in this list which is not going to come till 2880. It is also three times the size of the Empire State Building in the United States and was once believed to have the highest probability of hitting the Earth.
What are Asteroids?
Asteroids are rocks that revolve around the sun like any planet, but are much smaller than planets in size. Most of the asteroids in our solar system are found in the asteroid belt in the orbit of Mars and Jupiter ie Mars and Jupiter. Apart from this, they rotate in the orbit of other planets and revolve around the planet as well as the sun. About 4.5 billion years ago, when our solar system was formed, the clouds of gas and dust that could not take the shape of a planet and were left behind, were transformed into these rocks i.e. asteroids. This is the reason that their shape is not as round as that of the planets. No two asteroids are alike.