Express, a website that includes NASA sources published recently a report about a massive asteroid that can collide with Earth in the near future.
The trajectory of the giant space rock is unknown but there are 62 different potential impact trajectories with Earth. All these trajectories can attract the asteroid in the next 100 years.
The asteroid was named as 2018 LF16 and was first observed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 16th. Between now and 2117 the space rock is expected to crush with our planet on 62 different dates, and it is considered a big threat.
The earliest date on this await event is in just five years, approximately on August 8, 2023. The other potential impact dates that are pretty early are on August 3, 2024, and on August 1, 2025.
The large space rocket is estimated measures as approximately large as 700 feet and has a speed of more than 33,844 miles per hour. These measurements makes the asteroid 2018 LF16 twice bigger than the Statue -of-Liberty-sized asteroid. The Statue -of-Liberty-sized asteroid past planet Earth today.
“A space rock this big is about twice as tall as Big Ben’s clock tower in London, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York, and is four times as tall as Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square,” states the Express.
It is fair to say that there are possibilities that in one of those 62 different trajectories the asteroid will not collide with our planet. NASA gave a one in 30 million chance of crashing into our planet which means there is 99.9999967 percent chance of a miss.
So we can calm down! On the Torino Impact Hazard Scale this asteroid is considered a zero but even so NASA keeps an eye on it.
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“That is more than 1,500 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, and 10 times more powerful than all the munitions expended during World War II,” BBC reports about the damage that this asteroid can do.
The European Space Agency (ESA) explained that asteroids larger than 100 meters across usually come into the Earth direction only once every 1,000 years.