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Earth just escaped a humongous asteroid, but NASA warns another fearsome space rock coming

After Earth escaped from a massive asteroid that came very close, NASA has warned of another space rock that is set to make its closest approach.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 13:08 IST
What is an Asteroid? NASA defines what these dangerous objects in sky are
1/5 An asteroid is a small, rocky object hurtling through the sky. When seen in a telescope, an asteroid appears as a point of light, according to NASA. Most asteroids are found in a ring between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter called the asteroid belt. (Pixabay)
2/5 Asteroids have several shapes, they may be spherical, elongated, or oddly shaped. Some asteroids even have their own satellites! Asteroids also vary in size. From Vesta, the largest at about 530 kilometers in diameter, to asteroids that are less than 10 meters in diameter, they can be found in all shapes and sizes. (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroids are also called minor planets. These celestial objects are the remains of the period during which our solar system formed, over 4.6 billion years ago. According to NASA, the current known asteroid count is 1,113,527. (HT_PRINT)
4/5 Asteroids can potentially threaten life on Earth. Apocalyptic movies like Deep Impact, Armageddon and Don't Look Up have always explored the ‘What Ifs’ of world destruction, with the most famous means of world destruction being asteroids crashing into Earth. (Pixabay)
5/5 To counter this, NASA had readied itself to potentially defend the planet against a very similar threat that is posed by asteroids by preparing the DART mission. It involves smashing a spacecraft into an oncoming asteroid at a speed of nearly 23,000kph. This knowledge will be used if an actual asteroid threatens to crash against the Earth. It will help avert an Armageddon on Earth and perhaps, even save humanity from extinction. (NASA)
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An asteroid named 2015 QH3 is zooming towards the Earth. (Pixabay)

A humongous asteroid named Asteroid 2019 AV13 passed very close to the Earth yesterday, August 20, but keeping the fear factor alive is another one on way that is heading for our planet. The asteroid that just passed close by was an insanely big space rock at 420-feet, which could well have caused an unimaginable disaster on our planet. The giant skyscraper-sized asteroid made its close approach to the Earth at a distance of 5,280,000 km. Thankfully, it didn't deviate from its fixed path of orbit and saved the planet from a major disaster. We might have escaped this giant asteroid, but another one is on the way to making a worryingly close approach to the Earth.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a department of NASA, that tracks asteroids and comets expected to make relatively close approaches to Earth, has warned that another space monster is going to come close to our planet on August 22. It may not be as big as asteroid 2019 AV13, but it is still a terror. NASA explains.

Asteroid 2015 QH3 to make CLOSEST approach towards Earth

Asteroid 2015 QH3 is said to be 44-foot in diameter, that is much smaller in comparison to the asteroid that Earth just escaped. But the terror is not in its size, but the close approach that it will make. According to NASA, the asteroid will come as close as 2,150,000 kilometers from the planet with a striking speed of 7 km per second. It may sound a large distance, but know that the average distance between Earth and the moon is about 239,000 miles or 385,000 kilometers. That means, it will be around 5 times the distance between the Moon and Earth. Because of how close the asteroid 2015 QH3 is expected to come near Earth, it has been designated as a potentially dangerous asteroid.

Not just this, but there are two other asteroids named 2022 QM with a size of 61-feet and a massive 92-feet wide 2020 QW3 asteroid which will whiz past the Earth in August 2022, however, they are not going to make such a close approach.

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First Published Date: 21 Aug, 13:08 IST