A house sized space rock, the massive asteroid 2023 HG1 is speeding towards earth at a very threatening pace. Will this asteroid hit the earth? Is what everyone is concerned about. This asteroid HG1 will be the closest to the earth today as per NASA. And it will again be passing by on 30th October! Get to know all about this asteroid in this blog.
Asteroid 2023 HG1 is travelling at an alarming speed of 8494 kilometres per hour and as per the research team, it will be at a distance of 4.1 million from earth. To be precise it will be 10 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Its size is estimated to be that of a huge house, between 45 to 110 feet.
According to NASA this asteroid holds no threat and is just a passerby, but still everyone must stay informed and alert. This is also a warning to be prepared for the future threats and start taking precautions for the safety of our planet from now itself.
The fact that this asteroid will pass at a very safe distance from earth is revealed by NASA to make sure everyone stays calm as there is no reason to panic or feel threatened.
What Is An Asteroid?
Asteroids are also known as minor planets, they are small rocky objects that orbit the Sun. There is a region between the orbits of Mars and Jupitor, this region is called the asteroid belt and most of the asteroids are found in this asteroid belt.
They differ in sizes and so does their threats. Some asteroids have caused major damage to our planet in the past, white some cause no harm and are a passerby just like the Asteroid 2023 HG1 is assumed to be like.
Asteroid 2023 HG1
On 26th March 2023, it was discovered that this asteroid is of the Apollo Group; a group of near-earth asteroids. These asteroids are also known as the Earth-crossing asteroids.
Currently this asteroid is said to pass by Earth at a close distance of around 4 million kilometres and that’s not it! This passing journey will be again followed on 30th October, 2023, at a further distance away from earth.
There is no reason to panic but NASA will be monitoring this very closely to take right precautions for the future.
NASA Reflects Back On Dinosaur Killing Asteroid
Nearly 65 Million Years ago, a single asteroid crashed on earth in Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, and almost half of the living species like dinosaurs and even mammals that were bigger than a rat completely vanished. But still, it is fascinating that our planet and other lives survived.
The dinosaur killing asteroid has built up enough threat among everyone to create concern among people regarding any asteroid that even comes close to earth.
NASA On DART Mission
NASA is on a DART Mission, the ‘Double Asteroid Redirection Test’ which will focus on building new strategies to assure the planet’s safety in future. This mission focuses on monitoring the potential consequences or impacts of the asteroids on the planet as well as the life on the planet.
The primary objective of the DART mission is to evaluate asteroid deflection methods that could be deployed to safeguard the Earth from potential dangers. By conducting this test, they will be able to gather significant insights into the practicality of the ‘kinetic impactor’ technique. It is a technique that has the potential to redirect hazardous asteroids away from our planet.
NASA is all set to prepare our planet’s safety from such future hazards.
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