An asteroid which is twice the size of the popular Pyramid of Giza in Egypt would fly past earth on Sunday, America’s space agency NASA has said.
Named 465824 (2010 FR), the asteroid is said to be between 120 metres and 270 metres in diameter.
The space agency has said that while the asteroid is of considerable size, it has zero chances of hitting the earth’s surface and it will safely pass by our planet more than 4.6 million miles away.
“Our Planetary Defense experts are not worried about asteroid 2010 FR and you shouldn’t be either because it has zero chance of hitting Earth. It will safely pass by our planet on Sept. 6 more than 4.6 million miles away-that’s more than 19 times the distance of our Moon!,” a tweet from NASA Asteroid Watch read.
Our #PlanetaryDefense experts are not worried about asteroid 2010 FR and you shouldn’t be either because it has zero chance of hitting Earth. It will safely pass by our planet on Sept. 6 more than 4.6 million miles away—that’s more than 19 times the distance of our Moon!
— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) September 1, 2020
The asteroid 465824 (2010 FR) has been classified as an Apollo asteroid by NASA as it will cross the Earth’s orbit. The asteroid will move towards earth at a speed of 31,400mph.
The scientists have reportedly been tracking it since 2010. The asteroid, dubbed 465824 (2010 FR), will be 4.6 million miles away from the Earth and poses no threat to our planet, however, it has been classified as “close approach” by NASA.
An SUV-sized asteroid had passed Earth’s orbit last month which was 1,830 miles away, the closest an asteroid has ever been observed passing the planet.The asteroid named “2020 QG” was reportedly three to six meters long moving at nearly eight miles per second, the scientists had said.NASA had said that similarly sized asteroids pass by Earth at a similar distance a few times per year, however, they are difficult to record, unless they head directly towards the planet, in which case the explosion in the atmosphere is usually noticed.