Alert! Asteroid 2018 FK5 To Skim Earth At 23,400mph

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 October 2019, 10:36 AM
Asteroid dubbed as '2018 FK5' will make a close approach to Earth today
Asteroid dubbed as '2018 FK5' will make a close approach to Earth today

Asteroid dubbed as '2018 FK5' will make a close approach to Earth today. US space agency NASA expects Asteroid FK5 to make an appearance around 10.56 pm UTC. During this rock will shoot by at speeds of around 10.48km per second or 23,443mph (37,728kph). The asteroid determined to be a so-called Near-Earth Object or NEO was first observed flying around the solar system on March 28, 2018.

NASA said: “As they orbit the Sun, Near-Earth Objects can occasionally approach close to Earth. Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometres.”

Asteroid impact avoidance comprises a number of methods by which near-Earth objects (NEO) could be diverted, preventing destructive impact events. A sufficiently large impact by an asteroid or other NEOs would cause, depending on its impact location, massive tsunamis, multiple firestorms and an impact winter caused by the sunlight-blocking effect of placing large quantities of pulverized rock dust, and other debris, into the stratosphere.

It is also known to the scientist that 800,000 years ago, a one-kilometre long asteroid crashed into Earth’s Southeast Asia region.

However, it is still a matter of study how the humans at that time survived such huge impact. It may be because humans are much smarter than dinosaurs gave them a edge when it comes to surviving asteroid attack.

In 2016, a NASA scientist warned that the Earth is unprepared for such an event. In April 2018, the B612 Foundation reported "It's 100 per cent certain we'll be hit [by a devastating asteroid], but we're not 100 per cent sure when." Also, in 2018, physicist Stephen Hawking, in his final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions, considered an asteroid collision to be the biggest threat to the planet. 

Asteroid impact avoidance comprises a number of methods by which near-Earth objects (NEO) could be diverted, preventing destructive impact events. A sufficiently large impact by an asteroid or other NEOs would cause, depending on its impact location, massive tsunamis, multiple firestorms and an impact winter caused by the sunlight-blocking effect of placing large quantities of pulverized rock dust, and other debris, into the stratosphere.

According to expert testimony in the United States Congress in 2013, NASA would require at least five years of preparation before a mission to intercept an asteroid could be launched.

First Published: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 10:32 AM
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