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New Asteroid To Come Into Earth’s Way

NASA’s tracking system has detected an approaching hefty space rock that is supposed to intersect with Earth’s orbit. This asteroid could blow up as big as the explosion of 2013 in Russia.

This incoming 59 feet big rock has been identified by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies as 2020FN. Currently, it is believed to be coming towards earth at a speed of 15,000 miles per hour. It has also been classified as an Apollo asteroid after studying its trajectory. It has a slight chance of colliding with earth if the trajectory happens to change. But most likely it would explode in the atmosphere itself and won’t cause any impact to the ground.

Unfortunately, seeing that it is a mid-air explosive asteroid does not make it absolutely safe and it is rather harmful. It could dispose off enormous amounts of energy like the 2013 accident during which a 66 feet wide asteroid hit the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia with an impact velocity of about 40,000 miles per hour.

It exploded at the high altitude of 97,000 feet with an enormous amount of kinetic energy which could have been equal to 30 atomic bombs sweeping away the city and damaging over 7,000 buildings and 1,500 people.

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When this asteroid passes through the earths path it would fly away at a distance of roughly 1.1 million miles away.