An asteroid twice the size of the Statue of Liberty, described by NASA as “potentially dangerous,” will swing close to Earth in the coming weeks.
An asteroid known as 441987 (2010 NY65) is moving across the solar system, and its length is 187 meters, making it twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
And it moves at a tremendous speed of 13.4 kilometers per second or more than 48,000 kilometers per hour.
The analysis revealed that it will reach its closest point to Earth on June 25. “Near-Earth objects are comets and asteroids that have been pushed by the gravity of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the vicinity of Earth,” NASA said on its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) website.
Scientific interest in comets and asteroids is largely due to their status as relatively unchanged remnants from the formation of the Solar System about 4.6 billion years ago.
The giant exoplanets were formed from the conglomeration of billions of comets, and the remains of parts and parts of this formation process are the comets we see today.
Likewise, today’s asteroids are the bits and pieces left over from the initial constellation of inner planets that include Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.”
There are many unknown factors that could affect the future course of the asteroid, including the gravitational force of other celestial bodies in the solar system.
“Sometimes, the orbital paths of asteroids are affected by the gravitational pull of the planets, causing them to change their paths,” NASA said.
Scientists believe that stray asteroids, or fragments from previous collisions, smashed into Earth in the past, and played a major role in the evolution of our planet.
A force known as the “Yarkovsky effect” can also cause an asteroid to veer off course.
“The sun’s radiation exerts a force on the asteroid, acting as a kind of small impulse that can slowly change the direction of the asteroid over time,” NASA explained.
Source: Russia Today