An asteroid with a diameter of 220 meters will fly by the Earth this weekend

An asteroid with a diameter of 220 meters will fly by the Earth this weekend
An asteroid with a diameter of 220 meters will fly by the Earth this weekend
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Asteroid 2008 GO20 is due to close close to Earth on Sunday 25 July at approximately 1:50 pm EDT. It is monitored by NASA's Center for Near-Earth Objects (CNEOS). Scientists believe that the diameter of the asteroid can reach 220 meters.

When 2008 GO20 flies past our planet, its speed will be about 29611 km per hour.

Although, according to CNEOS data, the asteroid is at close range, the term "close" in space is relative. The asteroid will not fly too close by our planet and will not pose any danger to us, unless something extraordinary happens that can change its trajectory. It will pass by the Earth at a distance of 4.5 million km. It is more than 11 times farther from us than the Moon.

As the name of the asteroid suggests, the first observations of it were made back in 2008. According to the CNEOS definition, a near-Earth object is a comet or asteroid that passes in the "vicinity" of our planet at some point in its revolution around the Sun. It will pass by the Earth at a distance of more than 2.8 million miles. It is more than 11 times farther from us than the Moon.

As the name of the asteroid suggests, the first observations of it were made back in 2008. According to the CNEOS definition, a near-Earth object is a comet or asteroid that passes in the "vicinity" of our planet at some point in its revolution around the Sun.

However, on longer time scales - about once every 10,000 years - our planet can be expected to collide with asteroids more than 100 meters across. This could lead to a disaster in the affected area, and a collision could cause tidal waves.

Much less often - over several hundred thousand years - the Earth can be hit by an asteroid more than a kilometer across, which can lead to global catastrophes.

Scientists are currently working on technology to deflect the asteroid away from Earth if it poses a threat.

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