An asteroid or meteorite with a size three times larger than the Taj Mahal will pass very close to the Earth. According to NASA, it will pass closest to the Earth on Sunday. This near-Earth object has been named 2008 GO20. It is coming towards the earth at a speed of 8.2 kilometers per hour. It will be about 30 to 40 lakh kilometers away from our planet. The width of this asteroid is 97 meters and the length is 230 meters, which is almost equal to four football fields. Its size will be three times that of the Taj Mahal. According to NASA, a Near-Earth Object (NEO) or body near the Earth is defined as an asteroid or comet. It will collide with Earth when its distance is less than 1.3 times the distance between Earth and the Sun. Therefore, no one needs to worry about this asteroid. It will not hit the earth at all.
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Dr. Shubhendu Patnaik, Deputy Director, Padhani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar, told that there is nothing to panic as there is no possibility of 2008 GO20 hitting the Earth. He said that we should not stir. We are completely safe. He told that this asteroid had passed closest to the earth in 1935 i.e. 19 lakh km from the earth, while in 1977 it had passed 29 lakh km from the earth. This time it will pass 45 lakh kilometers away from the earth. This means that this asteroid will pass from a distance of 11 to 12 times more than the Moon is closer to the Earth.
Most asteroids become ashes before they reach Earth’s orbit.
Patnaik told that 2008 GO20 will be closest to the Earth on Sunday at 11.21 pm Indian time. He said that this asteroid is coming towards the earth at a speed of 29 thousand kilometers per hour. If anything comes in the path of an asteroid coming at such a high speed, it will destroy it. The last time an asteroid passed near the Earth was on June 20, 2008 and the next time it will pass close to the Earth once again on July 25, 2034. Millions of asteroids keep revolving in the orbit of the Sun between the planets Mars and Jupiter. Sometimes they come closer due to the gravitational force of the Earth. Of these, 99.99 percent of asteroids burn to ashes before they reach Earth’s orbit.
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