Huge ‘potentially hazardous asteroid’ due to speed past Earth this week

Asteroid hits earth

Asteroid hits earth

NASA is planning a mission to probe a very big asteroid made of solid metal, including gold and platinum, which is now in between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, Fox News reports.

NASA scientists named it as 2008 KV2 and calculated estimates of its travels between 1900 to 2199 to understand how often it has come close to the Earth's orbit.

A giant asteroid, known as 2008 KV2, is expected to fly by at a close distance of about 4.2 million miles (6.7 million kilometers) from Earth on Thursday, marking a rare occasion of rock this huge being so close to our planet.

The cosmic traveler is three times the length of a football field and is expected to pass through The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) "near-Earth object" zone. The space rock will zip by our planet at a jolting speed of 40,800 kilometres per hour.

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Astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May recently explained the European Space Agency's (ESA) Hera mission in a video and it is an aspiring plan to save Earth from a potentially risky asteroid system. Look inside terrestrial planets, including Earth, by directly examining the interior of a differentiated body, which otherwise could not be seen" and "explore a new type of world. The first to spot it will be those located on the East coast of Australia, from which it will travel west across the Indian Ocean, then across Africa. However, after Thursday's trip, 2008 KV2 is expected to pass by Earth again in 2021 and twice in 2022, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

The passerby asteroid only measures up to 330 metres across.

"Along with collecting a sample, OSIRIS-REx will also be studying how light absorbed from the Sun and re-radiated by Bennu affects its orbit-and consequently, how that orbit could become more unsafe for Earth".

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