Brace yourself as asteroid larger than Giza Pyramid hurls towards Earth

  • Brace yourself as asteroid larger than Giza Pyramid hurls towards Earth

Brace yourself as asteroid larger than Giza Pyramid hurls towards Earth

Identified as 2006 QQ23, NASA indicated that the asteroid was about 1,870 feet long and traveled at a speed of 10,400 miles per hour.

NASA rates the approaching asteroid as "potentially hazardous".

Following the asteroid's visit, Danica Remy, the current president of the asteroid-hunting non-profit organization B612 Foundation in California, said that an asteroid smashing into Earth is bound to happen. But the thing that leaves to be uncertainty is "when" it will hit the planet.

She added: "The real issue is that we need to have an inventory of all the asteroids".

The enormous asteroid, 2019 OU1, measures to 160 meters (524 feet) in diameter, the equivalent to the Washington Monument, or 20 meters bigger than Egypt's most famous pyramid. But it will not threaten that may lead to the destruction of the planet as a whole, as NASA has mentioned.

However, the hazard that it may inflict still remains.

To this day, NASA monitors the potential asteroid collision and continue to release official word to settle the fears of the people. By this time, the asteroid will be at a much safer distance of 0.29651 astronomical units or about 27 million miles from Earth's center. If an impact occurs, it will trigger disaster in the affected area.

In the summer of 2021, NASA's DART mission, which stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test, will demonstrate a kinetic impactor technique on a double asteroid - essentially bumping the smaller asteroid - to see how much they can move it.

A land impact cold obliterate an entire city while a plunge into the ocean could cause tsunamis that impact low-lying land.

"Someday the earth will be impacted again", he said.

In February 2013, a small meteor came crashing down over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The asteroid, known as 2006 QQ23, could have hit with a force 500 times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, had it been travelling along a different trajectory. The asteroid was first detected 13 years ago, on August 21, 2006, and this is not the first time it orbits the Earth.