Four New Asteroids are Approaching Earth This Weekend, Says NASA

Pablo Tucker
March 21, 2020

The Japan Aerospace Agency's Hayabusa2 spacecraft shot a copper cannonball - barely larger than a tennis ball - into a near-Earth asteroid called Ryugu to study its composition, and scientists recently published data and images from the ordeal detailed in a new study in the journal Science. According to the agency, the asteroid follows an elongated trajectory that extends into the planet between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

The impact was able to create a almost 33-foot wide crater right on the very surface of the asteroid, according to the study. Aten is a group of space rocks that rotate naturally and even meet Earth. The 2020 FF1, on the other hand, is the second smallest of the bunch, at 48 feet. 2020 AX2 will approach at 4:58 a.m EST tomorrow. In Indian time, both these asteroids will fly past on early Monday, March 23 - the 2020 DP4 will fly past us at 12:04AM on March 23, will the 2020 FF1 will whoosh past at 3:39AM.

2020 DP4 will fly past Earth on March 22 at 2:34 p.m. EDT from a distance of about 0.00903 astronomical units or 840,000 miles away. A year ago, NASA also awarded SpaceX a $69 million agreement to divert a space rock off its expected way under the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) program, which utilizes a method known as a kinetic impactor. They have predicted that the asteroid will come close to planet earth as close as 40 lakh kilometers. The given news first appeared on Daily Express with the headline Asteroid warning: NASA tracks a 4KM asteroid approach - Could end civilisation if it hits. However, the space rock is "sufficiently enormous to cause worldwide effects", according to NASA. This asteroid is presently flying towards the planet at a speed of 9,000 miles per hour.

What do air busts do?

As indicated by past research, most blasts that were recorded around Earth's environment were in all probability brought about via air blasts when meteors detonated as they just as of late hit the thickest piece of Earth's air. The more common terms for these type of meteors is fireballs or bolides while the brightest would be known as a superbolides.

Directly before these huge meteors enter Earth's air, they have initially named space rocks and comets of a couple of right to a few several meters in distance across which separates them from the lot littler and substantially more typical "falling stars".

The most powerful recorded air burst is the 1908 Tunguska event. The incredibly splendid fireballs that were bridging the sky were noticeable from a separation.

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