According to a warning from NASA, our planet is being approached by a potentially dangerous asteroid at 17,000 miles per hour. This large rock is estimated to be 2,030 feet in feet in diameter, and it is being tracked by NASA’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) which keeps an eye on potentially dangerous asteroids.
The asteroid is designated as 481394 (2006 SF6) passes by Earth twice a year. Despite the fact that it is potentially dangerous experts say the change of the rock hitting our planet are minimal which is expected to pass closest to Earth on November 12 at approximately 12 am GMT. By chance the asteroid was to hit our planet, it could potentially wipe out a major city. The exact course of the space rock is difficult to predict, but expert consider it will come within 2.7 million miles of our planet.
According to the CNEOS: all asteroids with an orbital inclination of at least 0.05 astronomical units or less and an absolute magnitude of 22 or less are considered potentially dangerous. Astronomical units(AU) are used as a rough measure of the distance between Earth and the Sun.
The agency spends considerable resources tracking known asteroids and searching for new ones. An asteroid impact is believed by many scientists, causing the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event which wiped out dinosaurs.
Thereby, there are concerns a new strike could prove equally devastating. The agency tracks asteroids in the vicinity of Earth to check whether they are likely to collide and cause damage. The agency recently admitted it only identified an asteroid, 2019 MO, hours before it crashed into Earth which the collision took place on June 29, with the asteroid burning up in the atmosphere above the Caribbean. The asteroid was approximately 300,000 from Earth when it was identified by the agency.