Dec 17, 2020 01:29 AM EST
A gigantic asteroid passing the Earth onward Christmas Day that’s more than two full-length football fields. NASA is currently investigating it.
It was identified as Asteroid 501647 (designated 2014 SD224). It’s included on NASA’s “close approach” list.
Its length reached 689 feet in width. It is expected to come as close as 1.9 million miles from our planet. A distance of nearly 2 million miles may seem like a good distance, but about a place, this is pretty close.
This is because fast-moving objects in space about 4.65 million miles away already count as potentially dangerous distances. This status has been set by space agencies that are particularly careful and conservative.
Nonetheless, there is little concern, as this asteroid is not expected to be on a collision course with us. Instead it is expected to zip past us at Christmas time, December 25. The nearest time is estimated at around 20:20 UTC.
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A gigantic asteroid will pass Earth on Christmas Day that is more than two full-time football fields. NASA is currently investigating it.
The close Method Index cited by NASA also states that another smaller speed in size is also going to fly past us at an earlier time on the same day. This asteroid is marked 2020 XY.
It could be 144 feet wide, but as well as being smaller, it is expected to remain at a much farther distance from us, with an expected gap of 3.6 million miles from Earth.
According to NASA, the nearest and largest Asteroid 501647 has a travel speed of about 22 miles per hour. Both small and large asteroids are classified as NEOs or Near Earth objects.
Meanwhile, in terms of news about asteroids and other comets, the Japanese space agency revealed that there is a huge amount of alien soil at a great distance 190 million miles away.
In 2021 Britain will also launch a “comet chaser” spacecraft with the intention of attacking a comet. The mysteries of our world are destined to be solved.
NASA has also announced the first team of astronauts to go to the Moon, which is scheduled to launch in 2024.
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Comets, meteors, and asteroids
You may be wondering what the differences are between a comet, a meteorite, and an asteroid. To the average lawyer, these can be very difficult.
According to NASA, asteroids are small groups of space rocks orbiting the sun. Most of them are found between Mars & Jupiter among a stable asteroid belt. Nonetheless, they may be present elsewhere, and it is even possible that asteroids may hit our planet.
Metoroids are formed when lumps break from hitting two asteroids. When this meteoroid enters the atmosphere of our planet, the cosmic body begins to explode. It is then called a meteor.
From our vantage point at the Earth’s surface, meteors look like streaks of light as they burn when they enter our atmosphere.
- A meteor is a meteor that survives its descendants on Earth and reaches the surface.
Finally, comets are cosmic bodies that also orbit our sun. Their difference lies in their content, which is mainly gas and ice. These materials create the elegant tails sliding behind comets.
Overall, it will be very interesting Christmas Day Asteroid to end an exciting 2020.
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