NASA : Asteroid the size of stadium to fly past Earth
Asteroids have always generated curiosity among space enthusiasts and anxiety among those who think about Earth’s fate in case a collision happens. American space agency Nasa has said that an asteroid named ‘2008 GO20’ is headed towards the Earth at 18,000 miles an hour, but there is nothing to worry.
The asteroid will go pass Earth on July 24, according to Nasa. The space agency has categorised the flying object as a Apollo class asteroid; for common people, it is as big as a stadium, or thrice the size of the Taj Mahal.
According to a report, due to the greater distance, the chance of this asteroid hitting the Earth is very less. But the orbit through which this asteroid will pass is called Apollo, which has been placed in the category of dangerous asteroids by NASA. That’s why it is being monitored continuously.
According to media reports, when a stone moving in space slightly changes its path due to the heat of the sun, it is called the Yarkovsky effect. As the direction changes, the speed of the asteroid also changes. Sometimes it falls short, sometimes it gets faster, which is dangerous for objects coming towards that asteroid in space.