An asteroid larger than the world’s tallest building is set to pass very close to Earth this September. However, the folks at NASA assures us that we can sleep soundly as it’s not something to worry about. Despite the assurances, the scientists mention that they’re closely monitoring the fly-by.
According to reports, the “asteroid will be traveling at 14,361 miles per hour when it passes within 3,312,944 miles of Earth”. The asteroid will be at its closest on September 14, 2019.
Asteroid, a “close call”.
According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the asteroid does not really pose a grave threat to civilization. Additionally, at its closest distance, it’ll still be 13 times the distance between the Earth and the moon. However, they coined the term “close call” to explain how close the asteroid would be by September. Conclusively, the team agrees that there is a very improbable to little chance that the asteroid could change courses and hit Earth. Notably, asteroids do not really change directions. It only does if it gets bumped out of orbit.
Currently, there are 869 items on the list of potential Earth hitters. According to the European Space Agency’s list, all 869 objects pose possible threats to civilization. However, being on the list doesn’t entirely mean that these are high-risk issues.
Unfortunately, at this state, the combined efforts of the space agencies only get to track 1/5 of the skies. This means that we could still be potentially at risk from an interstellar collision without us knowing.