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Asteroid whizzing by Earth this weekend won't come close to impact

Asteroid whizzing by Earth this weekend won't come close to impact”

In fact, while asteroid 2006 QQ23 is considered to be a "potentially hazardous asteroid", its passage will be about 5 million miles away from Earth, "just barely into the zone that we start to keep closer track of these objects", NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson told ABC News.

According to Sitthiporn, NASA always monitors asteroids that fly near our planet, not because they might pose a threat to us, but because scientists consider this a good chance to study these objects. Simply observing the asteroid does not mean scientists are expecting a collision. At this distance, it can be classified as a near-Earth asteroid. And yet, they can also serve as harbingers of doom for the very life that they brought to the planet", said Tyson during his podcast, Cosmic Queries: "Asteroids and Comets. But, considering their frequency, scientists believe it's only a matter of time before one of them gets pulled in by Earth's gravity and plumments onto our planet's surface.

A number of theories have been suggested as ways to stop the Earth from being catastrophically hit by the impact of an asteroid on a path to hit the planet.

In the summer of 2021, NASA's DART mission, which stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test, will demonstrate a kinetic impactor technique on a double asteroid - essentially bumping the smaller asteroid - to see how much they can move it. "This is a rock that's the size of a skyscraper".

However, Sitthiporn Duantakhu, an official of the NARIT (National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand), announced that, even though authorities are watching the evolution of the QQ23 asteroid's trajectory, there is no need to panic.

In either scenario the asteroid would change the climate for many years. According to CNEOS, the last time the asteroid approached Earth was on July 29, 2018. Based on their latest findings, Earth is now not in danger of getting hit by one of these giant asteroids. This crater strongly resembles the marine impact sites on Earth.



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