Asteroid Three Times Larger Than Taj Mahal Approaches Earth TODAY – Are We in Trouble?

Asteroid Three Times Larger Than Taj Mahal Approaches Earth TODAY – Are We in Trouble?
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You might be fascinated by how immense the famous Taj Mahal mausoleum from India is. The building measures 73 meters in height, it’s constructed in a 42 acres area, and it stands on a platform with a height of 50 meters.

Now that you know how big the Taj Mahal is, you must find out that the 2008 GO20 asteroid is even bigger: roughly three times. But the even more frightening aspect is that the space rock is hurtling towards our planet at a speed of 18,000 mph, according to CNBC TV18.

There’s no need to worry

The 2008 GO20 asteroid will fly past Earth today, July 24, missing our planet by the distance of 2,605,509 miles. In other words, there’s no need to panic, hide in an underground bunker, and start repenting for your sins more than ever.

Credit: Pixabay.com, Frantisek Krejci
Credit: Pixabay.com, Frantisek Krejci

NASA seems to have it covered when it comes to dangerous asteroids from the proximity of Earth. The space agency wrote on Twitter:

The main problem is that humanity doesn’t have too many ideas for what to do if a “global killer” asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, other than freaking out. For the moment, scientists don’t possess the right technology to get rid of such a threat, but what’s for sure is that they’re looking for solutions. And of course, we can realistically hope that they’ll come up with some useful plans in the near future.

Perhaps the 2008 GO20 asteroid wouldn’t wipe out life on Earth if it were on a collision course with our planet. However, you still wouldn’t want the space rock landing anywhere near your town or backyard.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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