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Asteroid 2020 QW3 just missed Earth; know all about it

An asteroid just missed Earth this morning! Asteroid QW3 whizzed past Earth during the early hours today. Here’s what we know.

By: SHAURYA TOMER
| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 17:25 IST
Asteroid which caused dinosaur extinction crashed in this spot on Earth
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1/5 The dinosaur killing asteroid was between 10.6 and 80.9 km in diameter and crashed on Earth more than 65 million years ago. It was a blessing of sorts for humans as the asteroid terraformed the Earth and made it suitable for the emergence of humanity. (Pixabay)
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2/5 According to France 5, the asteroid crashed in Chicxulub, near the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. (Pixabay)
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3/5 The impact would’ve caused the formation of huge tidal waves and an impact crater almost 140KM wide. The impact would’ve caused the land material to splatter into space, changing the Earth into a nuclear winter like environment. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Further, the impact would’ve caused massive volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. According to scientists, these apocalypse-like conditions would’ve been the major factor behind the extinction of dinosaurs. (Pixabay)
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5/5 According to France 5, scientists have also discovered the origin of the asteroid which crashed-landed on Earth. It would’ve originated between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter. And although scientists say an asteroid could again impact the Earth, it is a 250-million-year cycle and is very likely to miss the lifetimes of our future generations and by the time one does come along, humans would be technologically so advanced they would be able to deal with the problem asteroid. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2020 QW3, nearly 92 feet wide, just missed Earth today. (Pixabay)

A 92 feet wide asteroid named Asteroid 2020 QW3 just missed Earth on August 22 at 06:41am, according to NASA. Although it was not on a collision course with Earth, it passed close enough to Earth forcing NASA to keep a close eye on it. Asteroid 2020 QW3 is different from previous asteroids that have flown past Earth recently as it does not belong to the Apollo group of asteroids but the Amor group. The asteroid orbits around the Sun, taking almost 732 days to complete 1 orbit.

The Asteroid 2020 QW3 flew past Earth today, on August 22 at 06:41 am at a distance of 3.3 million kilometers at a staggering speed of 64,800 kilometers per hour.

According to Sky.org, Asteroid 2020 QW3 is at a maximum distance of 321 million kilometers from the Sun. On the other hand, its distance from the Earth is just 8.96 million kilometers, equivalent to 0.06 astronomical units. An astronomical unit (AU, or au) is basically a unit of length equal to the average, or mean, distance between Earth and the Sun, that is, 149,597,870.7 km (92,955,807.3 miles). 

Did an asteroid kill dinosaurs? 

Dinosaurs are one of the most popular creatures among science fiction movie genre fans because of their sheer large size as well as fearsome demeanour. They were humongous creatures which roamed the Earth till around 65 million years ago.

These fascinating species, along with almost two-thirds of creatures on Earth, went extinct. According to the Alvarez hypothesis, the extinction was caused by a massive asteroid which crashed on Earth more than 65 million years ago. The asteroid terraformed the planet which has made it habitable for humans today but likely was the reason which started the extinction of dinosaurs.

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First Published Date: 22 Aug, 17:25 IST
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