Asteroid to pass by Earth Saturday

An asteroid scheduled to pass by Earth (not pictured) has been classified by NASA as Apollo, a class containing the most dangerous asteroids. In the image above, the light trail of a re-entry capsule carrying samples collected from a distant asteroid is seen re-entering Earth’s atmosphere on December 6, 2020. (Morgan Sette/AFP via Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – An asteroid the size of a stadium – or three times the size of the Taj Mahal – is set to speed past Earth on Saturday.

The asteroid, known as “2008Go20,” is heading toward Earth at 18,000 mph, according to NASA. However, the agency said there was no cause for concern.

Sized about 220 meters in diameter, 2008Go20 will be 0.04 au (astronomical units) away from Earth — a distance of 3,718,232 miles, according to NASA’s calculations. Comparatively, the moon is about 238,606 miles from Earth.

However, because the asteroid’s orbit will be so close to Earth, NASA has classified it as Apollo, a class containing the most dangerous asteroids. NASA tracking object.

Small planet are small, rocky objects left over from the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago. They orbit the sun and live mainly in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Asteroids are made up of different types of rock, and no two are alike.

In March, the asteroid Apophis, roughly the size of three football fields, passed by Earth approximately 10.4 million miles away — nearly 44 times as far away as the moon.

The asteroid Apophis is set to pass harmlessly close to Earth on April 13, 2029. Initial calculations suggest there is a small chance the asteroid could impact Earth in 2029. , and it was nicknamed the “God of Chaos”. NASA has since deemed Earth safe from asteroids for the next 100 years. | Asteroid to pass by Earth Saturday

Huynh Nguyen

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