140-foot Asteroid heading for Earth, just days after HORROR asteroid HITS planet, says NASA
Horrifyingly, just hours before an asteroid strike on Earth, NASA realised it was on a collision course with Earth and would hit for sure. The asteroid strike, on November 19, caused skies over southern Ontario, Canada, to light up brightly as astonished people looked on. The asteroid that hit Earth was named 2022 WJ1. Thankfully, it didn't harm anyone, but NASA scientists informed that it "streaked across the sky high in Earth's atmosphere, broke up, and likely scattered small meteorites over the southern coastline of Lake Ontario." Surprising fact? The asteroid was detected just three and a half an hour before impact. Reason for the fortunate ending was that this asteroid was roughly 1 meter (3 feet) wide. Now, a 140-foot asteroid is coming towards Earth, NASA reveals.
NASA is tasked with the job of tracking all near-Earth objects such as asteroids and comets that could survive passage through Earth's atmosphere and pose threat to the Earth. NASA's JPL watchboard informs about the upcoming potentially hazardous asteroids in advance. The next scary asteroid is coming tomorrow and is travelling at a terrifying speed of 39204 km per hour. This asteroid is named 2022 WO4 which measures 150 feet in diameter. NASA's Asteroid Watch Dashboard data shows that this asteroid will come as close as 2.61 million miles to Erath. So, is it dangerous for Earth?
NASA determines if any asteroid is a potentially hazardous asteroid or not on the basis of its closest approach, which should fall within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers of Earth and measures larger than about 150 meters in size. Hence, Asteroid 2022 WO4 is a potential threat to Earth. That is why NASA is keeping an active eye on this upcoming asteroid. The probability of this asteroid flying by are good and chances of it deviating anywhere nearer to Earth, like the one that crashed a couple of days ago, are negligible at the moment.
Did you know?
Do you know, just like this recent asteroid that was tracked just before hitting Earth, the first such asteroid was discovered in 2008? It was asteroid 2008 TC3 which entered the atmosphere over Sudan and broke up into tiny pieces. It was a 13-foot wide or 4-meter-wide asteroid that scattered all over the Nubian Desert into hundreds of small meteorites.