Two gigantic asteroids as big as ‘Burj Khalifa’ to skim past Earth today, says NASA
New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have warned about two gigantic asteroids, considered as minor planets, which will fly past Earth on September 14. The warning came from NASA’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (NEOS).
These two gigantic asteroids are named as 2000 QW7 and 2010 CO1.
The asteroid, called 2000 QW7, is estimated to be around 290 to 650 meters wide, which at the higher end, is almost as big as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Thankfully, the asteroid will be around 3.3 million miles from Earth during the passing, although NASA still classes this as ‘close’.
This is not the first time 2000 QW7 asteroid has approached the Earth. Earlier, it had approached our planet on September 1, 2000. Following the close approach on Saturday, NASA predicts that the asteroid will next pass our planet on October 19, 2038.
The other asteroid that is going to pass by the Earth is 2010 CO1. As per media reports, 2000 QW7 asteroid will be the first asteroid that will skim past the Earth.
While it’s extremely unlikely that this asteroid will hit Earth, NASA’s chief, Jim Bridenstine, has warned that more needs to be done to protect Earth from a killer asteroid collision in the near future.
According to NASA, asteroids are tiny, rocky objects that orbit the Sun. Although they orbit the Sun just like planets, asteroids are much smaller in size than planets.
Posted By: Talib Khan