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NASA: an asteroid the size of an Eiffel Tower is hurtling towards Earth

An asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower will approach very close to Earth in the next 11 hours. Know what NASA said about it.

Several asteroids make their close appearance towards Earth each week. But space scientists have warned of a massive asteroid that will pass Earth in the early hours of May 16. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the near-Earth asteroid has been named asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) which is estimated to be 960 feet (292.8 m) in diameter and will make a close approach to our planet at 2:48 a.m. on the 16th. may. It is said to approximate the size of the Eiffel Tower which is 300 meters high. So, does this huge asteroid pose a risk to Earth?

An asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower will hit Earth?

Looking at the massive size of the asteroid, it can definitely cause massive damage if it hits Earth. But the good news is that the estimated close approach distance between the asteroid and Earth is quite large. According to NASA, the asteroid will pass Earth at a distance of about 5,740,000 km. So why did NASA flag it as a “close approach”? Because, the number may seem large, but in astronomical terms, it is quite small.

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You will be surprised to learn that this is not the first time that asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) has come close to Earth. The last time the asteroid passed close to Earth was in May 2020, at a distance of just 1.7 million miles. However, this near-Earth object frequently passes in front of Earth, orbiting the Sun every two years, scientists have revealed. However, it is not expected to make another approach this close to Earth until May 2163.

Moreover, despite its gigantic size, this asteroid is fortunately not classified as “potentially dangerous” by NASA.

Well, even if an asteroid causes damage to the Earth, several space agencies, including NASA, are planning a strategy to defend the planet against a disaster that could be similar to what the dinosaurs experienced. Recently, NASA launched its DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission which aims to deflect an asteroid from its trajectory “by kinetic impact”. Indeed, NASA will crash a spacecraft into the asteroid and see what kind of impact it has.