NASA issues warning! Potentially hazardous asteroid approaching Earth - check details

In a statement issued the space agency said that all orbit having a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of 0.05 astronomical units(au) or less threaten the planet and are classified as PHAs.



The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) has warned that a massive asteroid is approaching the Earth and will cross the planet on July 24. The asteroid named "Asteroid 2020 ND" has also been classified among Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA) by the space agency as it could threaten and harm the planet while passing from a close distance from it. In a similar development, two other asteroids 2016 DY30 and 2020 ME3 are expected to pass close to the Earth today.

In a statement issued by the space agency said that all orbits having a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of 0.05 astronomical unit(au) or less threaten the planet and are classified as PHAs. It also said that the asteroid that will pass on July 24 is 170 meters in length and will pass the planet at a distance of 0.034 au which is equivalent to 5,086,328 kilometers.

Similarly, NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) has predicted that the 2016 DY30 asteroid will pass the planet at a distance of 0.02306 au which translates to roughly 34 lakh kilometers. The asteroid has also been put under the category of Apollo asteroid as it crosses the Earth's path while traveling around the Sun.

The least harmful of the lot s the 2020 ME3 asteroid as it will move adjacent to the Earth at a distance of 0.03791 au which is more than 56 lakh kilometers. It has also been categorized as an Amor asteroid as it never crosses the Earth's path and only file close to the planet on several occasions.

What has further troubled the scientists is the ferocious speed at which the two asteroid expected to cross the planet are traveling. While 2016 DY20is traveling at a speed of 54000 kilometers per hour, the 2020 ME3 is coming in the direction of the Earth at 16000 mph. Out of the two asteroids, 2016 DY30 is the smaller one with a width of around 15 feet.

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