In 2023, an asteroid of almost 700 feet wide could affect Earth, according to NASA members quoted by the British news website, Express.
The nearest nearest possible effect date where the spacestone, named 2018 LF16 Asteroid, could affect the planet, is August 8, 2023, according to the media information.
However, the asteroid could cross again with the Earth's orbit on August 3, 2024; and on August 1, 2025. There are a total of 62 dates that the space rock could reach the Earth.
As stated by Express, the risk that this cataclysm will occur is quite low. According to NASA calculations, there is a possibility of 30 million in the LF16; crash to Earth and there are 99.9999967% of chances of failing.
At the Torino impact risk scale, this asteroid is "zero", which means that the likelihood of effect does not exist or as close as possible. But the size and number of possible effect dates make it an incredible and successful tracking object.
Most asteroids are disaggregated in connection with Earth's atmosphere.
At this time, the asteroid crosses space more than 33,844 miles per hour. NASA experts estimate that the asteroid has a diameter of approximately 698.8 feet (213 m).
According to the news portal, the asteroid dimensions are almost twice the height of Big Ben in London and twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
NASA said that the impact of such an enormous object could be so devastating with the 50-megaton explosion of the Tsar's Bom, the most powerful nuclear device has ever stopped on the surface of the planet.
Fortunately, according to the European Space Agency (ESA), asteroids of this size tend to hit Earth less than once every thousand years. It would also need a much larger asteroid (more than six miles wide) to test a similar asteroid eradication event that suffered from dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
The ESA representative to Express explained that some asteroids are very large and can cause huge destruction if the Earth hit, but its estimated population in our Solar System is quite small. In fact, more than 90 per cent of these are believed to have been discovered and none of these pose any risk of impact.
"Some are very small (less than 10 m in diameter) and only a small fraction of the estimated population was found, but any impact would be harmless," said the ESA member quoted by Mirror. "The main challenge of the population comes from medium objects, whose diameters range from tens to hundreds of meters."
Many of these asteroids exist within space vacuum and the harm of the effect of one of these space rocks can cause significant damage in cities or populated areas.
With information from: ACN / MiamiDiario / Telemundo
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