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Asteroid 2020 QL2, Larger Than a Football Field, set to fly by Earth on September 14

Asteroid 2020 QL2 is ready to Safely Fly by Earth on September 14, according to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.

Asteroid 2020 QL2

The latest Asteroid news is that the “Asteroid 2020 QL2” that could be up to 120 meters (394 feet) in diameter and more comprehensive than professional football fields is expected to fly past Earth on September 14, as per NASA reports of CNEOS (Center for Near-Earth Object Studies).

The asteroid 2020 QL2 is expected to pass by Earth at approximately 38,620 Kmph (24,000 mph) and come within a distance of 4.2 million miles (6.8 million km).

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NASA estimates that the rock could be anything between 53m and 120m, making it potentially one of the most massive stones on their NEO Earth Close Approaches list. Asteroid 2020 QL2 is currently traveling at 10.5 kilometers per second (23,666 mph). Such a speed means the asteroid could travel from the U.K. to New York more than eight times in an hour.

Space objects that come within 0.05 AU (astronomical units) or 4.6 million miles and measure more than 140 meters (460 feet) in diameter are labeled “potentially hazardous,” as per CNEOS. Going by this, the Asteroid 2020 QL2 comes close to be considered the same.

Asteroid 2020 QL2
Photo Credit: NASA JPL

The asteroid could be as giant as the iconic London Eye or more significant than a football field. Considering its size and proximity to Earth, Asteroid 2020 QL2 was first sighted on August 14 this year, with its most recent sighting being on September 3, according to NASA.

At 120 meters long, it would be far more fatal than the Chelyabinsk incident in 2013, when a 20m meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, breaking into pieces and injuring more than 1,000 people.

Does Asteroid 2020 QL2 will hit Earth?

However, the asteroid will safely pass out our planet ten times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, some 4,259,235 miles away, with almost no chances of hitting the Earth. But if it did, 2020 QL2 will cause some sizable damage.

NASA says there is nothing to fear as the chance of a significant asteroid hitting Earth is very slim. If an asteroid were on a collision with Earth, NASA says it is 70% more likely to hit the water than land.

According to NASA, about one hundred tons of “interplanetary material” heads towards the Earth’s surface daily. These are only tiny dust particles, which are released as the comet’s ice evaporates.

Asteroids are no rarity in space. Each month, several asteroid latest news will happen, and several asteroids briskly fly past our planet at varying distances of the intersection with the Earth’s orbit.

As per the norm, September to plays host to a number of these space rocks, with USA’s space agency NASA’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) revealing seven such asteroids to be coming within proximity of Earth. Another news of a massive asteroid is coming to us and will reach to us around September 17.

ASTEROID 2014 QJ33 (110 METRES)

This also falls just outside the purview of NASA’s classification of PHAs, but it is the closest one of the lot. Asteroid 2014 QJ33 will fly past Earth on Thursday, September 17, and has a peak of 110 meters.

It will come closest to Earth, at a distance of just 2.56 million kilometers from its nearest intersection point with the Earth’s orbit. At just over 6x the distance between Earth and Moon, it will be one of the closest big asteroid fly-bys of 2020.

Thankfully, though, it still flies past us at a distance that can be deemed safe enough.

In August, a basketball court-sized asteroid flew away “at least” 45,000 miles away from Earth, according to NASA’.

In August, an asteroid, the size of a pickup truck flew within 2,000 miles of Earth, the closest ever recorded. NASA missed it until after it flew past the planet.

Be with us to learn more about the latest asteroid news, coming to Earth.

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