NASA Spots An Asteroid Speeding Toward Our Solar System
NASA is currently in a huge dilemma over the Earth’s security as there are many asteroids that are on their way speeding toward the Earth and are expected to hit the Blue Planet in another billion years. The astronomers have recently found that an asteroid as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza is on its way to hit our planet at night on December 19, 2019. There are chances that are small towns and cities could be destroyed within seconds of collision with space rock. NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) has named the approaching asteroid as 2019 XF.
The asteroid has been tracked and it is found to be moving at a speed of more than 53,000 miles per hour toward the Earth. It has a diameter of 427 Feet. The 2019 XF asteroid has been categorized as an Apollo asteroid. The asteroid is found to have an elongated orbit around the Sun. When it will be traveling within the Solar System, it will have its orbit intersecting with that of the other celestial bodies like Mercury, Mars, Earth, and Venus. On August 23, 2018, the last asteroid was observed after which another one was spotted on November 25, 2019. The astronomers have suggested that 2019 XF might brush past the Earth by August 18, 2029. The near-Earth intersection of the asteroid had taken place on December 17, 2019. In the process of traveling, if there is any collision then the impact on the planet would be extremely destructive. Its size shows that it could not be released into the atmosphere but instead, it could create a 2 miles wide crater. The asteroid’s blast waves can destroy everything that comes its way.
Likewise, NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that had left Earth in 2016 has selected asteroid Bennu for landing. The spacecraft will be collecting various samples from the space rock to unravel some facts about the nascent days of our Solar System. The landing site is present on the north pole of the asteroid and it has been named Nightingale. This near-Earth carbonaceous asteroid could help change the destructive kind of perspective surrounding them.