NASA Warns Of Massive Asteroid Approaching Earth On July 24

Besides Asteroid 2020 ND, two other asteroids named by NASA as 2016 DY30 and 2020 ME3 are expected to whiz past earth.

Jessica David

July 22, 2020

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has issued a warning that a huge asteroid named “Asteroid 2020 ND” will move past planet Earth on July 24. There is also information of two asteroids that are expected to whiz past our planet. They have been named by NASA as 2016 DY30 and 2020 ME3. “Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth. Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of 0.05 au (astronomical unit) or less are considered PHAs,” said NASA.

According to NASA, Asteroid 2020 ND is about 170-metre long and will be as close as 0.034 au (5,086,328 kilometres) to our planet Earth. The asteroid is travelling at a great speed of 48,000 kilometres per hour. The distance from the Earth is what categorises this asteroid as “potentially dangerous.” 2016 DY30 is headed in the direction of Earth at a speed of 54,000 kilometres per hour, whereas, 2020 ME3 is travelling at 16,000 kilometres per hour. The 2016 DY30 is the smaller asteroid of the two as it is 15-feet wide. However, these two asteroids do not pose a threat to our planet.

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