In the past few days, we came across many reports about incoming asteroids making flybys from the earth. Although it was said that a huge space rock will flyby the earth at the end of this month, NASA has detected another near-Earth object that will pass through Earth’s orbit on Monday, April 20. Asteroid 2020 GA3 is bigger than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
According to CNEOS, 2020 GA3 is expected to cross Earth’s path on April 20 at 5:50 p.m. EDT. As the asteroid flies past Earth, it will be about 0.02076 astronomical units or around 1.9 million miles from the planet’s center.
Based on NASA’s projection of the asteroid’s orbit, 2020 GA3 will not return to Earth’s neighborhood until Oct. 28, 2029. During this time, the asteroid will approach Earth from a much farther distance.
According to the agency, the asteroid will pass by Earth from a distance of 0.09900 astronomical units or around 9.2 million miles during its approach in less than a decade from now.
This space rock measures about 194 feet wide and CNEOS estimated that 2020 GA3 will approach Earth at an average speed of almost 40,000 miles per hour.
NASA classified 2020 GA3 as an Apollo asteroid and it follows a very wide orbit around the Sun.
Further observation of the trajectory will allow NASA to determine the history of the near-Earth object. But don’t worry because this asteroid is not in the process of colliding with the planet. According to the details of the projection, this asteroid will not return to Earth until 2029.
There was the doomsday report on this space rock, but NASA confirmed that this is untrue. Moreover, in this tough situation of coronavirus, you may encounter false reports about the asteroid crash, but don’t believe any of them and just be careful about fake news.