Small asteroid passing earth

In about 16 days, a small asteroid is to pass Earth safely and no, we will not be hit. On this estimated date, NASA reports that the asteroid will be about 30 meters wide (100 feet) and that it may possibly be visible from the sky.At NASA’s closest estimate for the moment, they state that the asteroid will be approximately 11,000 miles away from Earth. The distance predicted means that there should be no harm to our planet.

NASA is still interpreting the precise distance and the trajectory this asteroid will follow.There's a second estimate at hand as well. The asteroid may rear further away from us and travel 9 million miles away by the time March 5th arrives.

The immense variation in distance is due to the possible trajectories that exist for the asteroid.

The asteroid’s name is asteroid 2013 TX68. It was only discovered three years ago which is why its track is still not precisely predicted. NASA has not had much time to track it as it changed course throughout this time, moving to the daytime sky where it could not be monitored any longer.

Paul Chodas, the manager of NASA's Centre for Near Earth Object Studies, shares "There is a chance that the asteroid will be picked up by our asteroid search telescopes when it safely flies past us next month, providing us with data to more precisely define its orbit around the Sun.”

For those individuals who might be getting nervous and inquiring about whether an asteroid in the future would hit, NASA does share insight on that.

They state that they have identified a chance that this small asteroid could impact Earth on an estimated date of Sep. 28, 2017. This chance is extremely small as they estimate, with odds of no more than 1-in-250-million.

NASA also shared with us the impact which might occur if it were to hit Earth.

If the asteroid did hit Earth's atmosphere, NASA predicts that it would produce an air burst. This air burst would be about twice the energy of the Chelyabinsk event -- which was when an asteroid broke up in the atmosphere above Chelyabinsk, Russia. That asteroid produced a shock wave that produced damage of broken windows and 1,500 injured individuals.

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