The Ahulking Asteroid is due to make a close pass by Earth next month! An astronomer has spotted it on its approach.
If this asteroid were to impact Earth, it would likely cause major damage and destruction. This collision could very well be the End of Days as we know it!
A study recently published by NASA researchers has suggested that an object named 2001 CB21 may pose a threat in coming years–and if they’re right about its size then there’s no telling how bad things will get…
The 2001 CB21 astrological event is due to pass by Earth on March 4 at about 3:00 a.m ET, when it will be traveling almost 27 miles per minute and reach speeds of over 26 800 mph!
There’s no need for concern–the asteroid is classed as “potentially hazardous” by NASA but it won’t hit us any time soon.
The close approach of this distant object will be more than three million miles away at its closest point, which is ten times as far from us as the moon.
Gianluca Masi, an astronomer at the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy has captured a picture of our solar system’s most famous planet! The 2001 CB21 was seen via Earth-based telescopes more than 21 million miles away from us.
The white dot in the center of this image is an asteroid. It has been spotted by PlaneWave, and you can see it highlighted below with a black arrow for easier recognition! This single 420-second exposure was taken using their 17-inch robotic telescope unit – enjoy looking at all those rocks moving around up there on-screen (or paper)!
The white dot in the center of this image is an approaching asteroid! It was taken by plane waves from a robotic telescope unit that had been pointed at it for just over four minutes.
The critics of this classification system say that it’s too early to tell if there will be any threatening close approaches, but CNEOS responds by pointing out their history with hazardous objects and stating how they’ve handled every case so far.
The smaller an object is, the less likely it will be dangerous. If a space rock doesn’t come close enough for us to feel its heat or hear its roar – at least 4 million miles away- then there’s no reason why we should worry!
The 1994 PC1 asteroid, which also meets this classification last month flew past Earth at a distance of around 1.2 million miles; again it was not expected to collide with our planet but if something were ever going to happen then now would be the time!
The threat of an impending space rock collision with Earth is very real, and NASA has been working on projects such as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test to expand humanity’s capability for dealing with this situation.
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