‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Will Approach Earth Very Soon

‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Will Approach Earth Very Soon

Many asteroids present in the asteroid belt, which is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, have relatively small sizes. But there are also plenty of ‘wiseguys’ out there that can surely cause us a lot of trouble if they hit our planet. One of them is the asteroid called 2015 FF, which measures between 13 and 28 meters in diameter. 

According to NASA, it’s only a matter of hours until the 2015 FF asteroid will zip past Earth. The space rock is set for a close approach tomorrow, August 12. To make matters worse, the asteroid will sure be in a rush as it hurtles through space at 20,512 mph. 

No need to worry

There’s no need to worry about 2015 FF ruining any of our plans for the future. The asteroid will pass by our planet much farther away than the Moon is located: it will pass by 4.3 million kilometers away, to be more precise. The distance that separates us from our natural satellite is only 384,400 km. In other words, the asteroid won’t hit our beloved planet.

Even if Earth had been under the trajectory of 2015 FF, there wouldn’t have been any danger of major damage. The asteroid is similar in size to the Chelyabinsk meteor that hit Russia almost a decade ago, and that space rock only caused some relatively minor damage to a few buildings, injured about 1,500 people, and broke a few windows. 

The 2015 FF asteroid is also nothing in size compared to 2022 OE2, the space rock that we wrote about a few days ago. The latter space rock is as large as a tall building, and it flew past our planet already. The Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) database of NASA revealed 2022 OE2’s trajectory, and we can all consider ourselves lucky that the asteroid didn’t have our planet’s name written on it.

Asteroids can be big enough not to come empty-handed, as they can also have moons revolving around them.

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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