NASA warned that Earth is about to expertise a near-collision with a large asteroid earlier than Thanksgiving. In response to the company’s Middle for Close to-Earth Object Research (CNEOS), the approaching asteroid is nearly twice as huge because the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The incoming asteroid has been recognized by the company as 481394 (2006 SF6). As famous by CNEOS, the area rock is at present transferring in direction of Earth with a median velocity of just about 18,000 miles per hour. The asteroid-hunting company estimated that the area rock has a diameter of round 2,034 ft.
481394 (2006 SF6) is classed as an Aten asteroid. Like different asteroids that belong to this group, 481394 (2006 SF6) has an oval-shaped orbit that often intersects with that of Earth because it completes its cycle across the Solar. This often happens because the asteroid approaches its farthest level from the large star.
Because of the area rock’s Earth-crossing orbit and large measurement, CNEOS labeled 481394 (2006 SF6) as a potentially hazardous asteroid. In response to the company, these sorts of asteroids pose a menace to Earth.
“Potentially Hazardous Asteroids are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth,” the company defined in a statement.
“Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance of 0.05 [astronomical units] or less and an absolute magnitude of 22.0 or less are considered [potentially hazardous asteroids],” CNEOS added.
Given 481394 (2006 SF6)’s huge measurement and present velocity, an impression occasion attributable to this asteroid may cause severe destruction on Earth. The ensuing impression would launch power equal to lots of and even hundreds of atomic bombs that may degree a serious metropolis and its neighboring areas.
If the asteroid finally ends up hitting the ocean, it might generate towering tsunamis that may journey for a number of miles and wipe out coastal areas.
In response to CNEOS, 481394 (2006 SF6) is predicted to fly previous Earth on Nov. 20 at 7:01 pm EST, which is a couple of week earlier than Thanksgiving 2019. Throughout its method, the asteroid will likely be round 0.02886 astronomical items or roughly 2.7 million miles from the planet’s heart.