NASA: A giant 270-foot wide asteroid is heading towards Earth; Will it hit tomorrow? Find out

NASA says an asteroid, larger than Qutb Minar, is hitting Earth. Know if it can hit Earth and what potential damage it could do.

After a period of quiet, we will see the largest asteroid flyby in June. According to NASA, a 270-foot wide asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, 12 months 6. For reference, it is larger than Qutb Minar located in New Delhi, 239 feet tall. At the same time, it will also be one of the closest asteroid approaches this month. Its large size and close proximity have earned it a classification as a near-Earth object (NEO). If an asteroid this size were to hit Earth, it could spell disaster for us. So is there any possibility of an asteroid strike? Read to find out. Also read: NASA, UFOs? US agency shocked and appalled

According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of NASA, this particular asteroid has been named 2022 GU6. The 2022 figure suggests that the asteroid was first discovered in 2022 and that there is no prior data on space rocks. The asteroid 270 meters wide or 82 meters wide is predicted to pass by Earth at a distance of 751,000 km. While this seems like a large distance, it is astronomically small. Again, for reference, the distance between Earth and Moon is 384,400 km, which means this asteroid will pass from just twice the distance of the Moon. Fortunately, for now, it is expected that the asteroid will pass safely and with no chance of a collision.

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NASA: Asteroid, larger than Qutb Minar, set to approach Earth

While there is no prior data on the asteroid, which makes predictions difficult, NASA is keeping a close eye on it. In fact, all asteroids marked as NEO are tracked by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office. Asteroids are part of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Its perihelion coincides with Earth’s orbit, meaning there’s always a rare chance the asteroid came too close to the planet. But this time, its perihelion will also match the time when Earth will pass through its orbit at the same point. Also read: The RARE view of the solar storm is stunning! It’s too big, making the Earth look small

In a hypothetical situation that this asteroid hit the Earth, it would immediately flatten tens of kilometers of land in an instant. It can also give rise to wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis. Worse, the dust and dirt picked up from the impact could also exacerbate global warming.

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