An asteroid three times larger than the Statue of Liberty is moving towards Earth. Next month this asteroid will enter Earth’s orbit. The US space agency has told that the name of this asteroid is 2021 NY1. It is one of 17 near-Earth objects that scientists have been tracking for the past 60 days.
Asteroid running at a speed of 33659 kmph
NASA said that the length of this asteroid is 300 meters and the thickness is around 130 meters. Whereas, the Statue of Liberty is only 93 meters high. Currently this asteroid is running at a speed of 33659 kmph. Scientists have expressed hope that this asteroid will pass safely from a distance of 1497473 km from Earth. For example, the Moon is at a distance of 384399 km from our Earth.
Will enter Earth’s orbit on September 22
It is expected to enter Earth’s orbit on September 22. Meanwhile, NASA is monitoring another asteroid. Its name is 2021 QC1. This small asteroid, 160 meters long and 71 meters thick, will pass more than three million miles from Earth on September 1. Earlier this month, NASA said a new study raised the possibility that the asteroid Bennu could hit Earth sometime by 2300.
What are Asteroids?
Asteroids are rocks that revolve around the sun like a planet, but they are much smaller than planets in size. Most of the asteroids in our solar system are found in the asteroid belt in the orbit of Mars and Jupiter. Apart from this, they keep moving in the orbit of other planets and revolve around the sun along with the planet. About 4.5 billion years ago, when our Solar System was formed, such clouds of gas and dust that could not take the shape of a planet and were left behind, were transformed into these rocks i.e. asteroids. This is the reason that their shape is also not round like the planets. No two asteroids are alike.
There are 22 such asteroids that are likely to hit the Earth
NASA has placed it in the category of dangerous asteroid. This asteroid is the third of 5 to come in recent times. It is estimated that this asteroid could be the size of the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. These days, NASA is keeping an eye on two thousand asteroids which can become a threat to the Earth. If a high-speed space object is likely to come closer than 46.5 million miles from Earth, then space organizations consider it dangerous. NASA’s Sentry system already monitors such threats. In this, for the coming 100 years, there are currently 22 such asteroids which have the slightest chance of hitting the Earth.
[Attribution to NBT]