An asteroid approximately as large as Buckingham Palace, according to NASA, came bitingly close to planet Earth.
NASA classifies the Asteroid 2019 SP3 as “potentially hazardous.” According to Astronomy Simulations and Animations, the stone is approximately 20 meters wide, whereas the Buckingham Palace is 24 meters high. The asteroid has passed over the earth at 0.97 lunar units on Thursday.
The Lunar length is 1.00 lunar units between the Earth and the Moon.
In turn, this means the space rock must travel 231,690 miles from the surface of our earth.
Given the proximity, NASA does not feel that the 2019 SP3 asteroid would hit the planet.
If so, the relatively small size of the asteroid could cause only local damage, but could still be very damaging depending on the impact area.
Asteroid researchers and spacecraft designers from the USA, Europe and the rest of the world gathered in Rome last month to discuss the most recent progress in their common goal.
It will be an ambitious double mission for spacecraft to destroy an asteroid spatially to prove that the technique is a viable planetary defense tool.
Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May clarified how NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and other asteroid experts would carry out the mission.
“HERA is going to show us nobody ever saw before,” he said.
“This ESA mission will be the first-ever humanities spacecraft to explore Didymos, a double asteroid. This asteroid is representative of the thousands of people who pose a risk to our world. Imagine a hill in the sky with a stone about the size of the great pyramid around Didymos.”