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Gigantic Asteriod That Can Potentially Destroy Earth Will Come Close on February 15, 2020 - NASA

NASA has spotted a "potentially hazardous" asteriod that will be heading close to earth on February 15, 2020.
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The asteroid named 2002 PZ39 with kilometer-wide and described as taller than the largest human-made building is moving at 34,000 miles an hour is reportedly the closest it ever discovered so far, the IBTimes reported.

“There’s no hazard or danger,” Paul Chodas, director of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Objects Studies, told Herald on Thursday. “We’ve been watching this asteroid for years, and we know its orbit very well.”

"Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth. Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of 0.05 au or less and an absolute magnitude (H) of 22.0 or less are considered PHAs," explained in a statement.

If the huge asteroid will going to hit the earth, astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said: “It plows into the Earth, it makes a huge crater, it throws enormous amounts of earth material into the atmosphere. It could set fire to a large fraction of a continent. Then you’d have a lot of dust in the atmosphere for years and years afterward. It would wipe out all life for a thousand miles around, and then knock-on consequences for the environment for decades.”

Thanks to the agencies for having an eye on the skies, the important role for providing an early warning so that astronauts have time to go to space and deal with the object if needed. They will most likely attach rocket boosters to it to either slow it down or speed it up slightly so that it intersects with Earth’s orbit a couple of hours sooner or later than the Earth will be.

But we can rest assured that “there is no known asteroid that has any chance of hitting the Earth over the next hundred years,” according to Chodas.

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