We shouldn’t gratefully, expect a deep impact scenario any time immediately.
UPDATE: Lead Stories has rated this article false because “NASA did not warn two asteroids could cause atmospheric explosion over earth this week.”
2020 is not to be overwhelmed! In addition to the commencement of world war 3, enormous disaster of fires in Australia, the locust infestation in the Middle East and Africa, and the novel coronavirus, we are currently struggling with multiple asteroids rushing violently towards the Earth. One such asteroid is able to collide with the atmosphere of the Earth and it can cause an explosion in the atmosphere tonight!
The two asteroids, 2020EF and 2020DP4 are approaching the Earth by intersecting the orbit of the planet according to the information gathered by NASA, it is evident that the space rocks are very much dangerous in creating huge explosions if reach the planet Earth.
The asteroids are being very effectively observed by NASA`s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).
According to a report by IB, CNEOS states that the diameter of the 2020 EF asteroid is 98 feet, and it is a little distant to the length between baseball diamond bases, with a velocity of 10,000mph.
CNEOS says that 2020 EF, which is known as an Aten asteroid, follows a normal orbit that crosses the Earth’s path. According to NASA`s orbit diagram for 2020EF, it is said that the asteroid mimics a vast orbit around the sun and it is exactly the same orbit which the Earth follows. According to NASA’s diagram, it is a pleasure to hear that the asteroid would possess multiple near-approaches between EF and the Earth-but it won’t hit us.
NASA reveals that 2020 EF will most likely not cause any impact event when considered on their sizes. They say that these will break up into a lot of pieces when they enter the atmosphere of the Earth. But, yet this can create a small explosion in the sky.
This type of an atmospheric explosion took place for the last time in the sky above Chelyabinsk in Russia. The brightness of the explosion was 30 times more than the Sun. But, unfortunately this incident made 70 people suffer from temporary flash blindness and 180 of eye pain.
So, it’s better not to stare at this with your naked eyes as the brightness rate is very high than you expect. Keep this in mind and control yourself from being over curious.
2020 DP4 too is expected to come on our way to cause a similar type of incident on the 22nd of March at 2:36 p.m EST. The 2020 DP4 is relatively larger than 2020 EF, the diameter is about 180 feet wide and it travels at a very high velocity of 18,000 mph according to CNEOS.
As the 2020 EF is considered as an Aten asteroid, 2020 DP4 is a belonging of the Apollo family of space rocks. Even though these 2 asteroids are labelled in two different ways, they were known to intersect at the orbit of the Earth.
CNEOS expects the 2020 EF to fly past the Earth from a distance of 0.04241 astronomical units or approximately 4 million miles. At the same time, 2020 DP4 too will approach our planet from a much closer distance which is about 0.00901 astronomical units or around 840,000 miles according to CNEOS.
While NASA has announced that both these asteroids won’t collide with our planet, NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the US government joined in an exercise with some other international parties to deal with the other asteroids that could be a threat in future. NASA awarded SpaceX a $69 million contract to redirect an asteroid off its path under the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) program last year. The technique used here was a kinetic impactor. The mission includes sending one or more SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets into the way of the asteroids, in this case, Didymos’ small moon in October 2022.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is also engaged in that joint project to slam a probe into the small moon of asteroid Didymos.
Another asteroid is to reach the Earth by the next month and it is called 52768 (1998 OR2). This was at first spotted in 1998. This is an asteroid which is quite bigger than 2020 FE and 2020 DP4. It’s about 1.1 – 2.5 miles in width and is expected to pass within around 4 million miles—or about 17 times the distance from Earth to the Moon. The asteroid is moving at a very high speed of 19,461 miles per hour. CNEOS says that this third asteroid will fly by the Earth on the 29th of April, at 4:56 a.m. EST.
CNN reports state that NASA has reassured that the 52768 (1998 OR2) isn’t likely to hit the Earth even though it’s classified to be “potentially hazardous.” However, NASA explains that this asteroid is “large enough to cause global effects.”
The next asteroid which has the potential to hit and damage the Earth is expected to fly through our solar system on the 13th of April, 2029. This particular massive, icy space rock is known as 99942 Apophis, for the Egyptian God of Chaos. The rock is about 340 meters wide (1,100 feet). The speed of it is expected to be at over 67,000 miles per hour. NASA informs that this asteroid has a 2.7% chance to hit our Earth. But, yet it’s a very low probability.
But, there’s nothing to worry about as nothing is going to damage our Earth any time soon.