An asteroid known as 2004 BO41 is being monitored by NASA as it travels towards Earth with an uncertain flight path. It is scheduled to pass by the Earth any day now.
Although the asteroid is said to be approximately 2.3 million miles away from the Earth, NASA still considers it a “near-Earth pass.” The asteroid itself is over a mile long and could cause major destruction if it would hit a city.
NASA considers anything within 10 million miles from the Earth a near-Earth pass.
A second asteroid, 2016 QL44, though much smaller, is being monitored even more closely, as it appears to be much closer to Earth.
NASA is predicting the large asteroid to hit on September 17, and it will travel by at a whopping 31,000 mph. Scientists predict that should an asteroid of its size hit a large city such as London, the city would feel the effects similar to two nuclear bombs. It would cause disaster, injuries, and deaths similar to the Michael Bay movie Armageddon.
QL44 is said to be approximately 3.6 miles farther than the Earth is to the moon, which is roughly a little more than 850,000 miles away.
While both asteroids are still at a great distance from Earth, NASA is concerned because of the uncertainty of their routes.
The Spacewatch Project Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the Mount Lemmon Observatory have been keeping a close eye on the asteroids as of August 28 when QL41 was noticed close by.
According to Express, there have been a disturbing amount of asteroids, especially near-Earth asteroids. It has been previously revealed that NASA does not currently have the technology to use against an impending asteroid hit, but do plan on trying to determine deflection techniques using the gravitational pull to affect the course of large, threatening asteroids.
NASA regularly monitors large asteroids, some the size of buses and towers, but they are fairly confident that the Earth will likely not see a large asteroid hit for hundreds of years.
A spokesman for NASA made this statement in regards to the recent sightings.
“NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years. NASA has also made asteroid detection a top priority, and are developing strategies for identifying asteroids that could pose a risk to our planet.”
In 2013, a large meteor hit Russia, causing destruction to buildings and land and injuring over 1,000 people. Also, back in 1908, a 50-meter meteor crashed above Siberia, causing a large explosion that flattened millions of trees and sent a shock wave through Russia, which measured at a five on the Richter scale.
According to the Daily Mail, a very large asteroid named 2016 RB1 was set to fly by the Earth at just 24,800 miles away. This is nearly a tenth of the distance from the Moon to the Earth. This discovery was made by the Virtual Telescope project. The asteroid is estimated to be a distance of 10 meters.
At the end of August, the Inquisitr reported that Earth was barely missed by an asteroid. It was discovered just a few short hours before it was set to travel near the Earth. The asteroid was a whopping 150 feet long and was just one-quarter of the distance of the moon to the Earth.
If any large asteroid would hit the Earth, we would have a repeat of the 1908 and 2013 events. NASA continues to monitor all relatively close asteroids as they make their way toward Earth.
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