A huge space boulder is fast-tracking towards Earth, according to NASA's asteroid tracking system. It has an estimated diameter of about 118 feet. While the farthest of the four will be 3.05 million kilometres away from Earth, the closest will approach Earth at a distance of 7,13,000 kilometres, which in space terms is not really too far away.
After a year, the scientists initiated the cannonball, and they eventually analyzed the data which was captured by the cameras onboard the spacecraft for them to learn a bit more about the asteroid about 195 million miles away.
Ryugu is a dim, spinning-top-like asteroid roughly 914.4 meters (3,000 feet) wide. The agency estimated that the asteroid is now traveling at a speed of nearly 13,000 miles per hour. This system identifies asteroids that have non-zero impact probabilities on Earth, which means all space rocks featured in its database have the potential to hit the planet.
A few weeks back we brought to your attention Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2), a behemoth of a space rock that is expected to make a relatively close pass by Earth near the end of the month of April.
A video clip with a logo of "Headlines India" claiming about an asteroid as big as the Himalayas is going to hit the planet Earth surfaced online.
Both 2020 FK and 2020 FS will visit Earth's vicinity on Saturday.
2020 DP4 will fly past Earth on March 22 at 2:34 p.m. EDT from a distance of about 0.00903 astronomical units or 840,000 miles away. CNEOS noted that this asteroid has an estimated diameter of about 102 feet.
These rumours are very active on social media platforms and they are predicting that on April 29 the planet earth will be hit by a giant asteroid which will cause a massive quake and destroy the planet.
All three asteroids are formally classified as Apollos. The 2020 FF1, on the other hand, is the second smallest of the bunch, at 48 feet. As they travel around Earth's neighborhood, their orbits occasionally intersect that of the planet as it completes its cycle around the sun.
Due to numerous factors including its current speed and Earth-crossing orbit, Sentry detected a total of 31 potential impacts from the asteroid.