Space agency NASA announced that a 200-meter-long asteroid that has been tracked for some time will make its closest pass to Earth on Tuesday, September 29. More than twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York, the asteroid is not dangerous to our planet.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that an asteroid about twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York was approaching our planet. According to the statement made by the space agency, the meteorite called ‘2020 PM7’ is expected to make its closest pass to Earth on Tuesday, September 29.
As a result of the observations made, it was recorded that the huge rock, estimated to have a length of about 200 meters, was moving towards the orbit of the Earth at a speed of 8.3 kilometers per second. This corresponds to a speed of 29,880 kilometers per hour, and means that the meteorite can make a full orbit around Earth in about an hour.
The 2020 PM7 asteroid poses no threat to Earth:
Although NASA accepts the asteroid 2020 PM7 as the ‘Near-Earth Object’ (NEO), the meteorite does not pose any danger to our planet. NEOs are generally known for tracking paths passing through the Earth’s orbit.
At this point, the space agency reported that when the celestial body reaches the closest position to our planet, it will pass over 2.8 million kilometers, a distance more than 7.5 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, and this passage will be safe.
Although any fast-moving object 7.5 million kilometers or less from Earth is considered ‘potentially dangerous’ by NASA standards, this asteroid is out of contact with the Earth.