Asteroid approaching: A "probable danger" 2010 FR asteroid flies over Earth today

Source NASA

Source NASA

An SUV-sized asteroid had passed Earth's orbit last month which was 1,830 miles away, the closest an asteroid has ever been observed passing the planet.The asteroid named "2020 QG" was reportedly three to six meters long moving at almost eight miles per second, the scientists had said.NASA had said that similarly sized asteroids pass by Earth at a similar distance a few times per year, however, they are hard to record, unless they head directly towards the planet, in which case the explosion in the atmosphere is usually noticed. It is classified as a risky asteroid (PHA) and near-Earth object (NEO).

"The full moon wasn't too far into the sky, so the image was taken under less than ideal conditions: despite this, the asteroid 2010 FR is well visible".

It is also a Near Earth Object (NEO), giving NASA the flawless opportunity to study the history of the solar system.

This asteroid was first spotted on March 18, 2010 by the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) and NASA's CNEOS has been tracking the celestial body since then.

Which means that at the higher end of that estimate, it suggests the asteroid could be twice as big as the famous Great Pyramid of Giza.

Fortunately, the 2010 FR will pass within a close distance of more than 7.5 million kilometers from Earth, but giant space rocks are still intriguing astronomers. It also said that the asteroid has nearly zero chance of hitting our planet as the distance between the asteroid and Earth is over 4.6 million miles. It will pass safely by our planet on September 6th.

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With the asteroid located more than 7.8 million kilometers away at the time of the image capture, it was definitely an awesome place.

As the asteroid approaches Earth on September 4, researchers on the virtual telescope project set out to take some kinematic footage of the space rock that approached.

Despite the asteroid passing at a distance equivalent to 19 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, NASA has still dubbed it "potentially hazardous".

The Virtual Telescope Project said: "The telescope carefully tracked the apparent motion of the asteroid, so stars result in long trails, while the asteroid looks like a sharp dot of light in the centre of the image". It is marked by an arrow.

NASA in a tweet said that its Planetary Defence experts are reassured that asteroid 2010 FR does not pose any risk to the planet Earth.

There is nothing to worry about as NASA has assured there shall be no collision. This results in lovely bright 'meteor showers'.

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