UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — An asteroid about 100 meters in diameter passed 70,000 kilometers from the Earth on July 25. It has become the most impressive to graze us since the beginning of the year.
A giant asteroid rose to 70,000 kilometers from the Earth Thursday, July 25. This distance is equivalent to about 0.93 times that separating Earth from the Moon.
This newly discovered celestial body was named “2019 OK” and is larger than the Cheops pyramid, 2.7 times larger than the New York Statue of Liberty and 2.5 times larger than Big Ben in London, Nasa reports.
— ASAS-SN (@SuperASASSN) July 25, 2019
“It’s an asteroid that destroys cities . But it’s so small that it’s incredibly difficult to see until the very last minute, “Sydney Morning Herald Associate Professor Michael Brown of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Earth had a near-miss with 'city-killer' asteroid this morning
— Nikhilesh Shah (@shah_nikhilesh) July 25, 2019
The asteroid belongs to the group Apollo. It has been identified for the first time since the SONEAR observatory in Oliveira, Brazil, on July 24, 2019.
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Earth often sees asteroids passing near it. According to NASA, those who travel less than 7.4 million kilometers are potentially dangerous.
According to the agency, our atmosphere is struck about once a year by celestial bodies equivalent to 2,700 megatonnes of explosive. Nasa and Esa are working on the development of a new defense weapon to avoid this kind of danger.
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