US space agency NASA has said that a huge rock is going to pass between Earth and Moon on Tuesday. The asteroid 2011ES4, about 20-40 meters wide, will pass through Earth on 1 September. After nearly 9 years this asteroid has come so close. According to scientists, its distance from the earth can be up to 1.2 lakh kilometers.
Hit the Earth at 9 pm as IST
The distance between the Earth and the Moon is 3,84,402 kilometers. Scientists say that this distance of 1.2 lakh kilometers is quite short but it is unlikely to hit the earth. NASA said that this asteroid will be closest to the Earth 2011ES4 Earth at 9 pm Indian time. On the other hand, the Russian space agency Roskosmos has also said that there is no threat to Earth from this asteroid. NASA is monitoring it to study this asteroid coming after nine years. The Russian agency said, “We are not going to die.” In the month of August itself, 80 such rocks passed from the earth. This asteroid 2011ES4 was discovered in the year 2011 and was only seen for 4 days. It takes 1.14 years to complete one round. Its orbit with the Earth only brings it closer to us once in 9 years. However, its path will still be quite different and there is no threat to Earth or any artificial satellite of the earth.
2018VP1 will come a day before the US Election
A few days ago, on November 2, a day before the US presidential election, the Asteroid 2018VP1 was feared to hit the earth. The probability of this asteroid hitting the earth is 0.41%. However, despite this, there is no risk of harm. This car-shaped asteroid is so small that as it enters the atmosphere, it will break and burn and become dust on the earth.
NASA is on Alert
NASA’s Sentry Risk Table keeps an eye on such dangerous asteroids to avoid future threats. There are currently 22 such asteroids that have little chance of hitting Earth in the next 100 years. If the biggest threat to the Earth is from an asteroid, then it is 29075 1950 DA. This asteroid is a kilometer wide which is classified as Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA).