News Nation recently reported that at least nine massive asteroids will be hurtling dangerously towards Earth this year and among them one is 2000 QW7. According to the NASA, Asteroid 2000 QW7 will be approaching towards Earth on September 14 around 23:54. Don’t worry, asteroid 2000 QW7 will not hit the Earth and we are fully safe. It is to be noted that 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. It is worth mentioning here that in recent times, many giant 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 Earth will reach to its end one day and one of the possible reason for this could be an asteroid.
Coming back to asteroid 2000 QW7, the space rock was first discovered by NASA on August 8, 2000. Asteroid 2000 QW7’s closest approach to Earth is expected to occur on September 14 around 23:54 UTC. And the last observation of the monster asteroid was made on August 20, 2019.
According to the NASA, the diameter of the asteroid 2000 QW7 be 2,132 feet (650m metres) and it will be passing Earth at a staggering speed of 14,338 mph. It is currently a 3,312,944 mile away from the Earth. Further, NASA estimated the threat level for this asteroid as moderate, so a hit is still possible but not likely this year.
According to a report published by spacetelescope.org, there are more than 7 lakh asteroids that have been found in space. Asteroids are mainly found in an area called the ‘main belt’, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.