Last week, NASA issued a warning that two terrifying asteroids were approaching dangerously close to the planet on July 29 and 30. However, Earth got lucky again and escaped. without getting hurt. Check details here.
Earth may have been hit by two large asteroids but our planet got lucky last weekend. NASA previously reported that two large asteroids – 2016 CZ31 (400 feet wide) and 2013 CU83 (600 feet wide) – will make their closest approaches to our planet on July 29 and 30. , corresponding. While asteroids passing through our planet isn’t exactly a rarity, the size of these two makes it very intimidating. Among them, asteroid 2013 CU63 is classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid further increasing its threat. If either of them hit our planet, it will cause a catastrophic event with massive damage, large-scale seismic activities and shock waves that can cause further destruction. But fortunately, both asteroids made a safe trip away from Earth.
Earth is lucky to narrowly escape two asteroids
According to the website of the Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects (CNEOS), part of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, asteroid 2016 CZ31 passed by Earth at 4:30 a.m. on July 29 and a day later. then, 2013 CU83 also implemented safe passage in the same time period. In terms of proximity to Earth, 2016 CZ31 is a lot more dangerous because it flies from a distance of just 2.8 million kilometers from Earth.
On the other hand, the 2013 CU83 makes traveling from 6.9 million km safer. If these distances make you feel that there is no real threat to Earth, then you should know that asteroids are moving at more than 55,000 kilometers an hour. At this rate, the first asteroid would take only about 50 hours to close the gap and hit Earth if, for whatever reason, it deviated even slightly from its path.
But although Earth has existed so far, a greater threat is approaching the planet tomorrow. An asteroid, larger than the two planets combined, is heading towards Earth. At 1,200 feet wide, asteroid 2022 OE02 is another potentially hazardous asteroid with a very high potential for damage. The Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), a division of NASA tasked with monitoring all near-Earth objects and putting in place anti-asteroid mechanisms, is constantly monitoring the space rock. time. This asteroid was discovered recently, and therefore, not much is known about it, which makes it even more dangerous.