A 250 feet asteroid is approaching Earth at a speed of 63,683 km per hour. All you need to know


A 250 feet asteroid is approaching Earth at a speed of 63,683 km per hour.  All you need to know

Asteroids are leftovers from the formation of our solar system.

Asteroids coming towards the Earth always make headlines because a collision with them can cause huge devastation to human life. Recently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory noted that Earth will have some relatively close encounters with asteroids in the coming days. A 250-foot asteroid, about the size of a building, will fly by Earth tonight. NASA's CNEOS data states that the asteroid 2024 JB2 is part of the Apollo group and has an astonishing speed of 63,683 kilometers per hour. Although asteroids are not uncommon, the size and speed of this particular celestial object is worrisome.

Despite its huge size and speed, scientists are not worried this time. The safe distance between this asteroid and Earth has been guaranteed by NASA to be approximately 2.75 million miles.

Although most asteroids avoid Earth, a small number fall into the category of potentially hazardous asteroids. These are more than 460 feet large and their orbits take them as close as Earth orbits the Sun at 4.6 million miles (7.5 million km).

Specifically, NASA's Asteroid Watch dashboard tracks asteroids and comets that will come relatively close to Earth. The dashboard displays the date of closest approach, estimated object diameter, relative size, and distance to Earth for each encounter. It tracks asteroids that are within 7.5 million kilometers of Earth

According to NASA, asteroids are leftovers from the formation of our solar system. Our solar system began about 4.6 billion years ago when a large cloud of gas and dust collapsed. When this happened, most of the material fell into the center of the cloud and the Sun was formed. Some of the dust condensed in the clouds became planets.

Not all asteroids have the same size and shape. Since asteroids form in different places at different distances from the Sun, no two asteroids are alike. Asteroids do not move around like planets and are jagged and irregularly shaped. Most asteroids are made of various types of rocks, but some contain clay or metals, such as nickel and iron.


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