Though the asteroid will be very close to Earth, it will still be 0.04 au (astronomical unit) away from Earth, according to Nasa’s calculations. That’s a distance of 3,718,232 miles. To put it in perspective, the moon is approximately 238,606 miles from Earth. The projected course of asteroid 2008 GO20, as displayed by Nasa on its website.(Nasa)
Asteroid 2008 GO20 won’t come any closer than 2,605,509 miles miles, according to interactive map give by Nasa. Chinese researchers have proposed sending large rockets to practice turning away a sizable asteroid – a technique that may eventually be crucial if a killer rock is on a collision course with Earth – news agency Reuters reported.
According to the Nasa, asteroids are “rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago”. There are currently 1,097,106 known asteroids. These are different from meteors, which are small bodies of matter that appear as a streak of light when entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Sometime between late 2021 to early 2022, the United States will launch a robotic spacecraft to intercept two asteroids relatively close to Earth.
What are asteroids? However, it has still been classified as Near Earth Object by Nasa due to its close approach with Earth.
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