Asteroid twice the size of Egypt`s Pyramid to zip past Earth on Sunday
Published: 06:27 PM, 5 September 2020
An asteroid named 465824 (2010 FR), which is said to be twice as big as the Pyramid of Giza, is expected to zoom past Earth's orbit on September 6. However, this asteroid, discovered on March 18, 2010, will not hit the Earth's surface. Here's all you need to know about asteroids, their impact and more.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) is tracking the asteroid, which has been named 465824 (2010 FR) and whose diameter is expected to be between 120 m and 270 m, according to the Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).
Although it is said to be twice the size of the Egyptian Pyramid, the good news is that it won't hit the Earth's surface. In a twitter post, Nasa's Asteroid Watch said that "asteroid 2010 FR...has zero chance of hitting Earth".
"Our Planetary Defense experts are not worried about asteroid 2010 FR and you shouldn't be either because it has zero chance of hitting Earth. It will safely pass by our planet on Sept. 6 more than 4.6 million miles away that's more than 19 times the distance of our Moon!," the tweet read.
Asteroid 465824 (2010 FR) is classified as an Apollo asteroid because it will cross the Earth's orbit. According to reports, the celestial object will move towards our planet at a speed of 31,400mph.
This asteroid was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) on March 18, 2010. Nasa's CNEOS has since been tracking the space rock (or near-Earth object (NEO)) which will zoom past Earth's orbit this week on Sunday, September 6.
Asteroid 465824 (2010 FR) is not the first asteroid to cross paths with Earth. According to scientists, very small fragments of asteroids and comets called meteoroids hit Earth's atmosphere and explode virtually every day, resulting in "bright meteor events" that are visible at night.
But what are these space rocks? Do they pose any threat to Earth? Can their impact be averted? What's the next time they hit our planet? Here's a guide: