Jeddah astronomer: Earth is waiting to cross an asteroid near it .. and this will happen


The head of the Jeddah Astronomical Society, Eng. Majid Abu Zahira, said that a small asteroid will cross near the globe on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 called 2020 FD with a diameter of ten meters moving at 15.6 km per second and will be located at a distance of 0.7 astronomical units or 104,718,509 km, which means that it will pass safely and there is no risk of collision Globe and will not be seen with the naked eye.

Abu Zahira added that if we assume that this asteroid is in a path of collision with the Earth, then it will explode above the Earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of about 43 km, and there is no serious impact on the safety of the Earth’s inhabitants.

For comparison in February 2013, an asteroid penetration of a Russian sky with a diameter of 20 meters, rock size of this size, will be documented, which will explode at a low altitude of approximately 22.4 km, and release a very high energy resulting in a shock wave caused by the explosion in the sky and lead to the shattering of building windows and human injuries due to flying glass and reaching Small pieces of that space rock to the surface of the Earth in the form of meteorites.

And take advantage of such opportunities to learn more about asteroids, such as the nature of their formation, they are bodies such as a time machine from the remnants of our solar system that keep many secrets of that time, and you can tell us more about the origin of our planet.

It is noteworthy that the small asteroids that approach the Earth are likely to be affected by the Earth’s gravity.

It is worth noting that there are two other asteroids that will also cross near Earth on the same day, but from a further distance one of them is called 2020 FH a drop of 22 meters and will be at a distance of 912,547,011 km, while the other is called 2020 FG with a diameter of nine meters and will cross from a distance of 209,437,019 km.


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