Asteroid Hurtling Towards Earth Today
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known to us as NASA, has sent out an alert that a 570-foot wide asteroid is hurtling towards Earth today.
Don’t worry though, NASA also says this particular asteroid, known scientifically as 2010 XC15, will miss our planet. However, it will come closest to Earth today in its orbit around the Sun. According to an article by Hi Tech posted on Tech.Hindustantimes.com, this asteroid is the size of a skyscraper, and it is hurtling towards us at the speed of 36,358 kilometers per hour, or approximately 22,591 miles per hour! 2010 XC15 will come within 772,318 kilometers of Earth today, which is approximately 479,386 miles from our planet.
Apparently, NASA issues regular alerts about small asteroids which will come close to Earth during their orbits. Per the Hi Tech article, “NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which keeps an eye on Near Earth Objects (NEO’s), has red-flagged Asteroid 2010 XC15 due to its extremely close approach to the planet.” The article also goes on to report that NASA states it would take an asteroid about 60 miles wide to kill our planet. So, this smaller asteroid of about 570-feet wide, would not destroy Earth if it hit us. However, it could take a lot of human lives if it hit a crowded city at such a high rate of speed. In fact, its traveling faster than a hypersonic ballistic missile.
While this news can be shocking, I noticed that when I scrolled down to the bottom of the Hi Tech article, I saw similar articles from the past few days. Apparently, there are lots of asteroids which do come within striking distance of Earth, and NASA sends out alerts about all of them. It is hard to believe we rarely hear about these alerts, but I guess its like the “boy who cried ‘wolf.'”
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.