NASA has warned that a giant asteroid is heading towards Earth at a speed of 65,000 kilometres per hour.

NASA has warned that a giant asteroid called 2024 MT1 is heading towards Earth at an astonishing speed of 65,215 kilometres per hour. With a diameter of about 260 feet, this asteroid is as big as the Statue of Liberty in size.

The asteroid is expected to make its closest approach to Earth on July 8, passing at a distance of about 1.5 million kilometers from our planet. This is about four times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Asteroids of this size are considered potentially hazardous because they can cause significant damage if they collide with Earth.

Asteroid 2024 MT1 was first detected by NASA's Near-Earth Object Observation Program, which tracks and identifies asteroids and comets that approach Earth. The program uses ground-based telescopes and radar systems to monitor these objects.

Currently, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California is closely tracking the asteroid's trajectory. JPL's Asteroid Watch dashboard provides real-time data on the asteroid's position, speed, and distance from Earth.

Although there is no immediate threat of a collision, NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) is actively working on strategies to mitigate such threats. PDCO collaborates with international space agencies and research institutions to develop technology for asteroid deflection and impact prevention. One key technology being explored is the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, which aims to test the feasibility of deflecting an asteroid by crashing a spacecraft into it.

The approach of asteroid 2024 MT1 has piqued the interest of astronomers and space enthusiasts. Observatories around the world are gearing up to collect pictures and data of asteroid 2024 MT1. Researchers aim to study its composition and structure to gain insight into the early solar system and planet formation.

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