The National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA) recently traced an asteroid that reportedly flew past through Earth at a pace of more than 37,000mph. This asteroid was expected to make a “close approach.”
The agency identified the space rock as Asteroid 2020 BP. This asteroid was supposed to come near the planet on January 21. The planetary experts at the agency estimated that the space rock was advancing towards our planet at an alarming pace of about 37,356mph.
The scientists classified this asteroid as an Apollo-type rock that was trapped on an orbit that crosses paths with Earth’s path.
The officials at the space agency stated, “As they orbit the Sun, NEOs can seldom approach close to Earth. Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very distant away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometers.”
Based on NASA’s measurements, the asteroid measures somewhere in the range of 68.89ft to 154ft (21m to 47m) across.
At the lower end of the assessment, the asteroid was too small to sustain the blazing descent through Earth’s atmosphere.
As per the sources, when an undetected space rock moved into the atmosphere over Russia’s Chelyabinsk Oblast, it fiercely exploded and wounded more than 1,000 people with pieces of blown-out window glass.
Astronomers estimated that the Chelyabinsk meteor only measured around 65.6ft (20m) across, but its explosion was ten times more robust than the atomic bomb descended on Hiroshima in 1945.
NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson stated, “The Chelyabinsk event induced extensive attention to what more needs to be done to discover even larger asteroids before they hit our planet. This was a cosmic wake-up call.”