There Is a Chance Football-Sized Asteroid Might Collide With Earth

Rodiano Bonacci
Июня 9, 2019

An asteroid about the size of a football field is expected to fly close to Earth this coming September. The asteroid measures 164 feet in diameter. Asteroid 2006 QV89 now has a one in 7,000 chance of hitting Earth on the morning of September 9, according to the European Space Agency, which lists the space rock as the fourth most concerning object on its top 10 list of cosmic items with a non-zero chance of hitting us.

2019 LA is expected to approach Earth at 0.03556 astronomical units, which is roughly equivalent to 3.3 million miles.

The IAWN and ESO hope to improve the Earth's defenses against asteroids and other NEOs that would possibly crash into the planet by studying the observations made on the space rocks that have been zipping by. However, you shouldn't worry about it since this giant space rock has only one in 7,000 chances to impact Earth this fall.

Since the news broke out, a number of tabloids have sensationalized it and were just shy of announcing imminent destruction at the hands of this space rock overlord but, according to the European Space Agency, there's a one in 7,000 chance we'll even get hit. According to ESA, after September, the next time that it will fly close to Earth will be in 2032. The first one on the list has a diameter of just 9 meters while the actual beast rests on the second place: an object called 1979XB, with a diameter of 900 meters that's expected to say hello to us sometime around 2113. As it passes by, it will have an estimated speed of nearly 50,000 miles per hour.

The ESO had not been the only organization observing the asteroid, as well as other Near-Earth Objects (NEO). 2019 KZ3 will have a speed of about 22,000 miles per hour as it flies past Earth. According to that, many started believing that this massive asteroid is indeed unsafe to life on Earth as it might actually impact Earth when the space rock flies next to our planet in September this year. The flash of light caught the attention of amateur astronomers as the moon was eclipsed by the Earth and shrouded in darkness. They regularly hold near-Earth object impact exercises.

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