Big Ben Asteroid News: NASA Warn Asteroid 3361 Orpheus Three Times Size Of Big Ben To Zip Past Earth This Week
- US space agency NASA has warned that a huge asteroid is going to pass near the Earth.
- The name of this asteroid is 3361 Orpheus and this rock is 984 feet wide, which is three times bigger than Big Ben.
- NASA is keeping a close eye on this asteroid and it is believed that it will pass near the Earth on Sunday.
The US space agency NASA has warned that a huge asteroid is going to pass near the Earth. The name of this asteroid is 3361 Orpheus. It is being told that this celestial rock is 984 feet wide, which is three times bigger than Big Ben in London. NASA is keeping a close watch on this asteroid and it is believed that it will pass near the Earth on Sunday.
NASA has said that this asteroid is definitely coming near the Earth but there is no need to panic. He told that this asteroid will pass through a distance of 3.5 million miles from the earth. NASA believes that anything that is passing within 120 million miles is a near-Earth object. NASA keeps an eye on thousands of such space rocks that come near the Earth.
There are 22 such asteroids that are likely to hit the Earth
Not only this, NASA considers any such fast-moving thing to be dangerous for the earth when it comes within the area of 46 lakh miles of the earth. If there is a slight change in the orbital path of these huge rocks, they can collide with the earth and cause destruction. Asteroid 3361 Orpheus is coming towards Earth at a speed of about 30 thousand km per hour. It is believed that it will pass near the earth on November 21.
These days, NASA is keeping an eye on two thousand asteroids which can become a threat to the Earth. If a high-speed space object is likely to come closer than 46.5 million miles from Earth, then space organizations consider it dangerous. NASA’s Sentry system already monitors such threats. In this, for the coming 100 years, there are currently 22 such asteroids which have the slightest chance of hitting the Earth.
What are Asteroids?
Asteroids are rocks that revolve around the Sun like a planet, but they are much smaller than planets in size. Most of the asteroids in our solar system are found in the asteroid belt in the orbit of Mars and Jupiter. Apart from this, they keep moving in the orbit of other planets and revolve around the sun along with the planet. About 4.5 billion years ago, when our Solar System was formed, such clouds of gas and dust that could not take the shape of a planet and were left behind, were transformed into these rocks i.e. asteroids. This is the reason that their shape is also not round like the planets. No two asteroids are alike.
Asteroid three times bigger than Big Ben will pass by Earth
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