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Asteroids continue to be in headlines. Aren’t they? Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the Sun. The space rocks (asteroids) approach towards the Earth due to the gravitational forces that affect them. Asteroids can bring tsunamis, shock waves and flattening winds that could be catastrophic. Recently, many deadly asteroids including 2019 OK, 2019 OD, 2015 HM10, 2019 OE, 2019 NN3, 2019 MB4, 2019 MT2, 2006 QV89, 2016 NO56M, RF12 and others approached towards the Earth, fortunately did not hit our planet. It is said that one day all life on the Earth will be extinct. Not only life, but the Earth will also extinct someday and an asteroid could be the possible reason. Well, the life on the Earth may extinct this August. Shocked to hear that? It is to be noted that seven gigantic asteroids are all set to approach the Earth in the month of August this year. Need not worry as these asteroids will zoom past the Earth and we are fully safe.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has detected a total of seven asteroids that will be heading towards Earth this August. The gigantic asteroids are named as 2019 ON, 2006 QQ23, 454094 2013 BZ45, 2018 PN22, 2016 PD, 2002 JR100 and 2019 OU1.
Asteroid 2019 ON: August 1, 2019
The 180 feet long asteroid named as 2019 ON is traveling at a speed of 10,400 miles per hour. Asteroid 2019 ON is expected to approach Earth on August 1 at 11:23 am ST. During its approach, it will fly past Earth from a distance of 0.01729 astronomical units or roughly 1.6 million miles away.
Asteroid 2006 QQ23 is a biggest asteroid that will approach Earth in August, 2019. It has an estimated diameter of 1,870 feet and has a velocity of 10,400 miles per hour. According to the CNEOS, the 2006 QQ23 will zip past Earth on August 10 at 7:23 am ST. It is expected to be about 0.04977 astronomical units or around 4.6 million miles away from the planet during its flyby.
Asteroid 454094 2013 BZ45 or Asteroid 2013 BZ45 is about 820 feet long and is traveling at 18,250 miles per hour. It will enter Earth’s neighbourhood on August 12 at 12:14 am ST. Its closest distance to Earth during its visit is expected to be at 0.04352 astronomical units or around 4 million miles away.
Asteroid called as 2018 PN22 will approach towards Earth on August 17 at 7:16 pm (ST). According to NASA, it will fly from a distance of 0.04385 astronomical units or roughly 4 million miles away. The asteroid is about 62 feet long and is moving at a velocity of 5,000 miles per hour.
Asteroid named as 2016 PD1 will fly past the Earth on August 26, 2019 at 7:07 am (ST). The 361-feet asteroid is traveling at a speed of 13,100 miles per hour. It will zip past the Earth from a distance of 0.02925 astronomical units or about 2.7 million miles away.
Asteroid 2002 JR100: August 27, 2019
According to NASA's CNEOS data, asteroid named as 2002 JR100 is expected to approach Earth on August 27 at 10:37 pm (ST) from a distance of 0.04963 astronomical units or about 4.6 million miles away. It is currently moving at 18,800 miles per hour and is about 269 feet long.
Asteroid 2019 OU1: August 28, 2019
The 500-feet-long asteroid named as 2019 OU1 will fly past Earth on August 28 at 5:37 am ST from a close distance of only 0.00687 astronomical units or 639,000 miles away. This asteroid is currently traveling at a velocity of 30,000 miles per hour.
It is worth mentioning here that there are more than 7 lakh asteroids that have been found in space.