Great Pyramid-sized asteroid traveling towards Earth

Great Pyramid-sized asteroid traveling towards Earth

During its approach, it will be about 0.04352 astronomical units or roughly 4 million miles from Earth's center.

Dr Iain McDonald, a scientist at the Cardiff University's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences had warned that the Earth will be hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other. Although it is not yet clear when it will occur, the scientist said that an asteroid hitting Earth will surely happen. As indicated in the agency's asteroid database, the space rock is now traveling at a speed of 18,200 miles per hour and has an estimated diameter of around 820 feet.

The Apollo-class object, which won't exceed 100 metres in size, is thus much smaller than the landmark 139-metre Egyptian pyramid, the researcher argued.

Due to the closeness of the asteroid's intersection with Earth's orbit, it was classified by CNEOS as potentially hazardous.

Just days after an asteroid the size of the Empire State Building flew past Earth, another "potentially hazardous" space rock will do the same.

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The space agency has been working to pinpoint NEOs in the 140-meter range, with a goal of identifying at least 90 percent of these objects. Anything like the 7.5 mile wide asteroid that hit Earth and took out the dinosaurs hasn't been spotted on any radar. These have greater chances of hitting Earth since they are small enough to be easily affected by gravitational forces in space.

Unlike the planet-killer asteroids, the destruction caused by an impact from a smaller one will be more localized. The better technology will simply allow experts to narrow in on all the asteroids that "would potentially hit the earth" and consider the means on how to remove them, Wordon said. Despite this, Remy noted that the impact event can still have a larger effect on the rest of the world.

He commented: "The type of devastation that we'd be is more of at a regional level than a planetary level".

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