Collision course! 92-foot Asteroid 2020 FV4 dashing towards Earth, set to get very close

    An aircraft-sized asteroid is hreatening Earth and is set to make a very close approach to Earth in the coming days.

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    | Updated on: Mar 10 2023, 11:02 IST
    Asteroids Incoming! 5 Asteroids set for close Earth approach, says NASA
    1/5 Asteroid 2023 DX – According to NASA, Asteroid 2023 DX, which is 74 feet wide, will make its closest approach to Earth today, March 3. Asteroid 2023 DX is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 46984 kilometers per hour and will miss the planet by a distance of 1.9 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
    2/5 Asteroid 2007 ED125 – Asteroid 2007 ED125, which is nearly 700 feet wide, is heading for Earth and will make a close approach today, March 3. This asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 47032 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a close distance of 4.4 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
    3/5 Asteroid 2017 BM123 – Asteroid 2017 BM123 will make its closest approach to Earth today, March 3. It is nearly 100 feet wide, as per NASA. The asteroid will come as close as 4.6 million kilometers near Earth and is already moving at a breakneck speed of 28138 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
    4/5 Asteroid 2023 DN1 – Another asteroid named Asteroid 2023 DN1 is heading for Earth and will make a close approach today, March 3. This asteroid, with a width of 49 feet, is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 26338 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at an extremely close distance of 2.8 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Asteroid 2021 QW – The fifth asteroid, with a size ranging between 193 feet and 426 feet, is named Asteroid 2021 QW and will be making its closest Earth approach today, March 3. It will come as close as 5.3 million kilometers, according to NASA. The asteroid is moving at a fearsome speed of 43519 kilometers per hour.  (Bloomberg)
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    Asteroid 2020 FV4 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

    Asteroids are in abundance not just in our solar system, but throughout the Universe. These ancient space rocks, left over from the early formation of our solar system, vary in size from just millimeters to hundreds of kilometers. Asteroids, along with other celestial objects are one of the biggest threats to humanity in the Universe. And there is proof of it since asteroids were one of the main reasons behind the extinction of dinosaurs.

    NASA has now issued a warning against an asteroid that is set to pass Earth extremely closely in the coming days. Although this space rock is not big enough to threaten life on Earth, it could still cause potential damage if it crashed in a densely populated area.

    Asteroid 2020 FV4 details

    NASA has red-flagged an asteroid named Asteroid 2020 FV4 due to its extremely close approach with the planet. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth on March 13, at a distance of 6.7 million kilometers per hour. It is already on its way towards the planet travelling at a fearsome speed of nearly 29350 kilometers per hour!

    Asteroid 2020 FV4 is particularly concerning due to its huge size. With a width of 92 feet, this asteroid is nearly the size of an aircraft, says NASA. Although this asteroid is not expected to collide with Earth, a slight deviation in its trajectory due to the Earth's gravitational pull can send the asteroid hurtling towards Earth for an impact.

    Why are asteroids studied?

    Scientists study asteroids to learn more about the early solar system and the conditions that existed when the planets were forming. Asteroids can also provide valuable resources such as water, metals, and other minerals. One such discovery was made by studying an asteroid.

    Until now, it was believed that water was already present on Earth from earliest times. However, a recent study has made an astonishing discovery that puts this very thought into doubt. The study has revealed that water may have originated on asteroids.

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    First Published Date: 10 Mar, 10:52 IST
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