New Delhi, August 13: Asteroids flying past Earth are now more common phenomenon --especially since Nasa’s jet propulsion laboratory (JPL) can track these celestial objects.
An asteroid the size of the Empire State Building passed 4.6 million miles from Earth last week. But it could’ve caused 500 times more destruction than the atomic bomb did to Hiroshima.
Another asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza is going to skim by today.
While, on September 6, Asteroid 2019 GT3— bigger than Giza and the Empire State Building is expected to pass by Earth.
Nasa’s JPL tracks these objects to monitor them. Considering their frequency, scientists believe it’s only a matter of time before one of them gets pulled in by Earth’s gravity and plumments onto our planet’s surface.
According to Nasa, at least 95% of asteroids have been catalogued and none of pose a direct threat to Earth.
They might not wipe out Earth but some of them do have the power to destroy entire cities.
News24 Bureau with Agencies
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