In an often-occurring situation, since we do not have enough problems on Earth to deal with, it is obvious that there is another huge celestial body heading towards us. CTV News It is reported that NASA reported that there may be two “massive asteroids” with more than two football fields about to close at our location and will pass the earth on Christmas Day tomorrow. This asteroid is called asteroid 501647, also known as “2014 SD224”, and it will reach its closest position to the Earth at 3:20 PM Eastern Time. The good news is that this asteroid will not be in contact with the earth, it will be the closest to the earth 1.8 million miles.
For those tracking at home, this means that the size of the asteroid is only a small fraction of the planets seen in popular disaster movies. Take Deep Impact as an example. Its comet is 7 miles wide. The current asteroid is estimated to be between 92 and 21
It is worth noting that the asteroid 501647, which was first discovered in August 2014, is classified as NEO (Near Earth Object), and NASA even classifies it as a “potentially dangerous” Near Earth Object. NASA will obviously monitor its heading throughout the day. To clarify, “potentially dangerous” NEOs are not designated this way because of how close they may be to our planet, but because of their size. The website also reports that the other two near-Earth objects will fly over the earth, but they are much smaller than the asteroid 501647 and “have no threat to the earth.”
The news of the asteroid was released after NASA revealed that “objects of unknown origin” would glide past the Earth in the early morning of December 1st for a few weeks. The Earth Object Research (CNEOS) of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a theory about what an object is, but it cannot be confirmed until it passes. After clearing the sky, it can be determined that the NEO is a Centaur rocket booster from the 1960s. This marked the second time that the rocket stage launched in the last time was captured in Earth orbit, and as early as 2002, part of the Saturn V rocket from Apollo 12 also appeared to have passed through our planet.
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