NASA has told that even when this asteroid will be closest to the Earth, the distance between it and the Earth will be more than 51 lakh kilometers. This is 13 times greater than the distance between the Moon and the Earth. Then why is it placed in the category of potentially dangerous? Actually this is done considering the size of the asteroid and its distance from the earth. This does not mean that that asteroid can become any kind of threat to the Earth.
Object name ️: (2013 BO76)
Is potentially hazardous????
Close approach date ????️: 2022-Mar-24 22:55
Estimated diameter ????: 202.56 to 452.94 meters
Relative velocity: 49513.45 km/h
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There is also a question as to why it is called a ‘close approach’. Actually, it is a term that scientists use. That is why even when this asteroid will reach near the earth, its distance will be very much. Because scientists use this term, the asteroid named BO76 has been included in NASA’s close approach list.
According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), asteroid BO76 will approach Earth this week. Its speed will be around 50,000 kilometers per hour.
CNEOS tracks near-Earth objects, so that alerts can be issued in time. The agency has assured that it has not found any such big asteroid so far, which can cause a threat to it by colliding with the Earth in the coming time. It is said that the last time a giant asteroid hit the Earth, it wiped out the dinosaurs from this planet. The US space agency is also working on a technology that can change the path of an asteroid that threatens the Earth.