Experts pointed out that an asteroid the size of a Boeing 747 will fly safely over the Earth on Halloween at 2:24 Eastern Standard Time.
According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Earth Research (CNEOS), the huge space rock called 2020 UX3 is estimated to be between 88 and 196 feet in diameter. For comparison, the Boeing 747’s wingspan is 225 feet long.
It will reach the Earth within 3.2 million miles at a speed of approximately 36,000 miles per hour. Its size and proximity to the Earth make it a near-Earth object (NEO).
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According to NASA, “potentially dangerous”
NASA released a 20-page plan in 2018, which details the steps the United States should take to better prepare for near-Earth objects, such as asteroids and comets 30 million miles from Earth. .
A recent survey showed that Americans prefer space programs that focus on potential impacts of asteroids rather than sending humans back to the moon or Mars.
NASA previously stated that an asteroid named 2018VP1 will fly over the Earth before Election Day. Due to its small size, it is not considered “potentially dangerous”.
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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in April 2019 that an asteroid impact is not an understatement and may be the biggest threat to the Earth.
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