A HUGE asteroid is set to make a ‘close approach’ to Earth this week.
Nasa has listed the 2022 MD asteroid in its Earth Close Approaches table.
The space agency reckons the space rock could be as wide as 292 feet.
That would make it the size of about 10 killer whales.
Such an asteroid would do quite a bit of damage if it hit Earth.
However, Nasa expects asteroid 2022 MD to fly safely past us on June 26th.
The asteroid should stay about 3.3 million miles from Earth.
That might sound pretty far away, but in the big universe, that’s not a big distance at all.
That’s why Nasa still labeled it as “close approach.”
When an asteroid approaches within 4.65 million miles and exceeds a certain size, cautious space agencies classify it as “potentially dangerous.”
The great space rock is expected to zoom past Earth at about 19,000 miles per hour.
Its closest approach occurs on the evening of June 26th.
Plans to save Earth from asteroids
Some experts are concerned that Earth is not yet ready to defend itself against potentially deadly asteroids.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk once raised concern by tweeting, “A big rock will eventually hit the earth and we have no defenses at this time.”
However, Nasa is investigating some defense methods.
It recently launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission.
Nasa said, “DART is the first-ever mission dedicated to studying and demonstrating a method of asteroid deflection by altering the motion of an asteroid in space through kinetic impact.”
The DART spacecraft was scheduled to crash into a small asteroid called Dimorphos in September to throw it off course.
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