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Cutting it close: NASA just detected two asteroids headed towards the Earth… with two more right behind

By Reetika Kachchhwa

Four asteroids are heading towards earth –
NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies is also short for CNEOS. CNEOS is actually currently monitoring a miniature swarm of four asteroids that are currently heading towards Earth. Two of four got detected on First January 2020. CNEOS is tasked with watching the skies for any potentially upcoming hazardous asteroids. According to the news, given the vastness of space, that’s a lot of skies to check, which explains why they spotted only two and other two they saw in the new year.

2020 AC, approximately a diameter of 89 feet, which actually traveling at an approximate speed of 13,000 miles per hour. This asteroid is soon will be followed by the other asteroid, which is actually traveling at a speed of 35000 miles per hour and reach the earth at 4:12 EST. It named 2020AD, which is  73 foot wide.

About the asteroids –

2019 YH2 considered to be the largest in the group. Which is measuring at an estimated 459 feet in diameter and traveling at 32000 miles per hour. This asteroid is expected to pass by at 4:36 am EST. One more bringing up the rear will be 2019 AE3, which measures around 72 feet and traveling at speed 18000 miles per hour, and this will fly at earth at 9:08 am EST. 2020 AF as well as 2019 YH2, they both are classified as Apollo asteroid with many wide orbits. While the other remaining two that are 2020 AC and 2019 AE3 are in the category of Aten asteroid. It means that their semi-major axis is smaller than the earth itself.  According to the news, 2020 AD will come closest to the earth, which is passing at a distance of 556000 miles, and the mood is 238855 miles away. On the other hand, 2019 YH2 will pass the earth at a distance of about 1.8 million miles. They will pass, but still, there is the cause, and NASA still doesn’t know when the next asteroid might be coming right to the earth.

Reetika Kachchhwa