An asteroid predicted to be 3 times the size of the Statue of Liberty will speed through Earth during the Equinox event
Netgenz - Technology | An asteroid predicted to be 3 times the size of the Statue of Liberty will speed through Earth during the Equinox event. According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - United States Space and Aeronautics Agency (NASA), the asteroid, named 2021 NY1 will pass through Earth but not harm. The space rock is seen as a Near-Earth Object (NEO) because it will pass within about 120 million miles (193 million km) from the Sun. Within that distance, asteroid 2021 NY1 will make a relatively close approach at about 970,000 miles (1,560,000 km) from Earth - or just under 4x the distance between Earth and the Moon.
Based on NASA's NEO data, asteroid 2021 NY1 as a rock has a size between about 129 and 300 meters. 130 to 300 meters in diameter, or equal to 3 to six Statues of Liberty. As quoted by Live Science, the asteroid was traveling through space at a speed of about 21,000 mph (33,800 km / h) or approximately 27 times the speed of sound.
Even so, asteroids like this do not create terror for life on Earth. Asteroid NY1 that is about to pass is not the closest that has passed through Earth. Initially, the asteroid 2020 QG, which traveled just 1,830 miles (2,950 km) over the Indian Ocean on August 16, 2020, holds the title of closest accelerating asteroid to Earth.
Apart from Asteroid 2021 NY1, there are still three other giant asteroids approaching Earth this September. According to NASA, an asteroid has a length of 137 meters. approached Earth's orbit on September 10 yesterday. As quoted by Dailystar, the asteroid codenamed 2021RE passed at a distance of 3,000,000 miles or 5,471,769 km from Earth. That distance is quite safe by astronomical standards. Asteroid 2021RE is passing at a speed of 48,280 km/h.
According to NASA, every 2,000 years a meteorite the size of a football field enters Earth's atmosphere and causes significant damage. Besides 2021RE, this month there will be two other large asteroids passing close to Earth, namely 2010 RJ53 and 2021 PT.
As quoted by the India Times, the first asteroid that will approach Earth is an asteroid with the code name 2010 RJ53. 2010 RJ53 measures 774 meters, and is predicted to pass at a distance of 366,000 km from Earth, a distance closer than the Moon to Earth. Then there will be 2021 PT which will pass on September 11. This asteroid has the same size as 2021RE, which is 137 meters. It is predicted that it will pass at a distance of 4. nine million km from Earth.