Asteroid (File Photo)
Earth has recently escaped a cataclysmic “tragedy” in July this year when asteroid 2019 OK zip past the planet. Every time Earth cannot be so lucky. A huge asteroid named as 467317 (2000 QW7) will approach dangerously towards Earth on September 14. Yes, you read it right. Earth is going to have yet another close encounter with a space rock and human life is in grave danger. 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.
Coming back to asteroid 467317 (2000 QW7), the monster space rock will be whizzing past us at 14,361 miles per hour on September 14. It is worth mentioning here that there is no need to panic as asteroid 467317 (2000 QW7) will come within 3.3 million miles of Earth. However, the space rock will not hit the Earth. Asteroid 2000 QW7 has been tagged as a potentially hazardous asteroid by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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 has recently approached towards the Earth, fortunately did not hit our planet.
Importantly, four other asteroids named as 2016 PD, 2002 JR100 and 2019 OU1 will fly past the Earth in August 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.
In related news, on December 18 last year, a large meteoroid was exploded over the Bering Sea, however, it went unnoticed due to the remote location. According to the NASA, the explosion of meteoroid unleashed around 173 kilotons of energy, more than 10 times that of the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima in World War II. Also, it was the most powerful explosion in the atmosphere since the fireball that burst over the Russian town of Chelyabinsk in 2013. That was 440 kilotons and left 1,500 people injured, mostly from glass flying out of smashed windows.