Asteroids, asteroids and asteroids. Now-a-days, a large number of asteroids are hovering all around the Earth and we might get hit too sooner or later. Well, a pair of massive asteroids named as 2000 QW7 and 2010 CO1 will dangerously approach Earth on September 14. Classified as Near-Earth Objects by NASA's Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the space rocks will approach Earth within a 24-hour period. It is to be noted that an asteroid (space rock) can bring tsunamis, shock waves and flattening winds that could be catastrophic. The space rocks approach towards the Earth due to the gravitational forces that affect them. It is said that one day all life on the Earth will be extinct. Not only life, but the Earth will also extinct someday and an asteroid could be the possible reason. Shocked to hear that? However, a car-sized asteroid slams into the Earth's atmosphere about once in a year. On the other hand, an asteroid large enough to threaten the existence of life on Earth arrives once in every few million years.
Coming back to asteroid 200 QW7, the 2,133 feet space rock will approach towards Earth on September 14 at 7:54 pm EDT. It is currently traveling at a speed of 14,361 miles per hour. Importantly, asteroid 200 QW7 is the biggest space rock to approach Earth this month. It was first detected on 26th August, 2000 and is just short of the height of Shanghai Tower. During its closest approach, asteroid 2000 QW7 will be 0.035428 astronomical units(AU).
Asteroid 2000 QW7 is expected to return in Earth’s vicinity on October 19, 2038 and passes Earth every 19.04 years. Asteroid 2000 QW7 is also classified as an Armor asteroid by NASA.
On the other hand, asteroid 2010 CO1 will be the second space rock to approach Earth on 14th September and was detected on 31st January, 2010. Asteroid 2010 CO1 is 260 metres wide and 120 metres long and is currently travelling at a speed of about 51,696 kmph. Asteroid 2010 CO1 has been classified by NASA as an Apollo Asteroid, as it is a Near-Earth Asteroid with very wide orbit with a perihelion distance less than 1.017 AU, and semi-major axis greater than 1 AU.
Asteroids 2000 QW7 and 2010 CO1 will zip past the Earth and it will not hit our planet.