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FP Staff11:23:28 IST, January 11, 2022

Prepare for a large asteroid to come close to Earth today, January 11th.

Will there be any consequences? Will it collide with the Earth? Are we going to be safe? Continue reading as we attempt to address these questions.

Asteroid 2013 YD48 Information

The space rock has been designated as Asteroid 2013 YD48 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

According to the space agency, the asteroid is 104 metres broad, which is bigger than London’s Big Ben. On January 11, NASA announced that it will fly past our planet at a distance of 3,480,000 miles.

Due to its size and closeness to the Earth when speeding past, the space agency has classified it as a “potentially dangerous object.”

Will it have an impact on Earth?

Don’t worry, NASA adds, since it will pass Earth by a long way.

While 3,480,000 kilometres may seem like a long distance from Earth, it is really fairly close in terms of space travel.

According to sources, NASA classifies anything travelling within 120 million miles of Earth as a Near-Earth Object (NEO).

It would destroy our planet if it collided with it, but we don’t have to be afraid since it isn’t near enough.

Asteroid impacts on the planet have occurred in the past.

That’s not to suggest that an asteroid hasn’t hit the planet before.

On February 15, 2013, an asteroid known as the Chelyabinsk meteor — roughly the size of a six-story skyscraper — exploded above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The boom was greater than a nuclear explosion, according to Space.com, and it was detected by monitoring stations as far away as Antarctica. Glass broke as a result of the shock wave, injuring over 1,200 persons.

More asteroids are on our way.

The asteroid 2013 YD48 isn’t the only one that will pass close to Earth in the New Year.

On January 6, a 7-metre-wide asteroid known as 2014 YE15 flew overhead. It was 4.6 million kilometres away from the surface of the Earth.
Asteroids passing so near to Earth are not uncommon.

According to NASA, an asteroid about three times the size of 2013 YD48 approached Earth at a speed of 47,000 miles per hour earlier this week.

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