NASA reports massive asteroid on collision route to Earth

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 12, 2019

While it's classified by NASA as a "near-Earth object" it will make its closest approach at just after 3 am at a distance of about 4.6 million miles.

"All we have now to do is change its velocity somewhat sooner or somewhat slower in order that when it crosses Earth's orbit, it crosses both in entrance of us or behind us".

Even Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American scientist who has made his career explaining physics to the layman, also believes that eventually, the end of the world is probably going to be due a enormous asteroid hit.

Asteroids do not pose any danger to the Earth unless it is on track to hit it directly, Johnson said. Pete Worden, adviser on space resources to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, told ABC News if an asteroid was a big enough threat to the planet "we'll go move them". During the time of its close flyby, the rogue space body will be just one million kilometres away from us. Worden also expects a better telescope system to obtain "much better data from the ground" within two to four years. But, considering their frequency, scientists believe it's only a matter of time before one of them gets pulled in by Earth's gravity and plumments onto our planet's surface.

Scientists are now devising ways to detract any asteroid that could potentially impact the earth.

Dr Iain McDonald, a scientist at the Cardiff University's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences had warned that the Earth will be hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other.

"The thing is, if you move something years in advance, you don't have to move it very much", Wordon said.

According to the Astronomers, this asteroid causes no immediate threat. According to CNEOS, the last time the asteroid approached Earth was on July 29, 2018.

NASA estimates it has already found over 90 percent of near-Earth objects measuring one kilometer or larger - which would have catastrophic global effects in the event of a collision. This crater strongly resembles the marine impact sites on Earth.

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