NASA has warned that Asteroid 2020 QW3 has been observed heading towards Earth at an astonishing speed. It will miss Earth by just a few million miles.
According to NASA, a 92-foot-wide asteroid called Asteroid 2020 QW3, roughly the size of an airplane, will slide past Earth on August 22. A close encounter between Earth and the asteroid will occur at 06:41 a.m., according to NASA. Although it will not collide with Earth, it will pass close enough to Earth and, therefore, have attracted NASA’s attention. Asteroid 2020 QW3 is different from previous asteroids that have passed by Earth recently because it is not in the Apollo asteroid group but in the Amor group. The asteroid orbits the Sun, taking nearly 732 days to complete 1 orbit.
Asteroid 2022 QW3 will pass by Earth on August 22 at 06:41 a.m. at a distance of 3.3 million kilometers at an astounding 64800 kilometers per hour. Although NASA has stated that the asteroid will not pose any actual threat to Earth, it is still classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid due to its close encounter. with Earth.
According to Sky.org, it is at a maximum distance of 321 million km from the Sun. On the other hand, its distance from Earth is only 8.96 million km, or 0.06 astronomical units. The astronomical unit (AU, or au) is basically a unit of length equal to the mean, or mean, distance between the Earth and the Sun, that is, 149,597.870.7 kilometers (92.955,807.3 miles). ).
What would happen if an asteroid headed for a collision with Earth?
Apocalyptic movies like Deep Impact, Armageddon and Don’t Look Up have always explored ‘What Ifs’ world destruction, with the most famous means of world destruction being asteroids crashing into Earth. soil.
Now, NASA is poised to defend the planet against a similar threat posed by asteroids. An ongoing NASA mission aims to deflect an asteroid that has strayed from its path by slamming a spacecraft into it at a staggering 23,000 km/h. This NASA mission is named the Double Asteroid Detection Test or DART.