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Asteroid twice the size of Big Ben to skims past Earth


Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

20th Jan, 2020. 11:20 pm
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An asteroid that is twice as large as London’s iconic Big Ben is ready to close the back of our planet, according to NASA reports, BOL News learnt.

According to the details, The asteroid, called BH2 2009, will get closer to Earth around 14:29 GMT. It is believed that the space rock is about 88 meters – 200 meters in diameter. At the top end of that estimate, it turns out that the asteroid can be double the size of Big Ben!

The asteroid will be approximately 2.8 million miles from our planet. While this may sound exaggerated, NASA considers it a close approach according to the astronomical units’.  2009 BH2 is not the only asteroid that passes our planet today; another small space rock will pass through Earth today.

This asteroid, called 2020 AH1, is quite small, with an estimated diameter of 33 m – 75 m. Fortunately, the probability that an asteroid collides with our planet is extremely low as they would zoom past our planet.

NASA finds Earth sized planet discovered, with strong chances of water

NASA planet hunter satellite TESS has discovered an Earth sized planet that has strong chances of the presence of water on it.

According to the NASA, its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star’s habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be just right to allow the presence of liquid water on the surface.

Scientists confirmed the find, called TOI 700 d, using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and have modeled the planet’s potential environments to help inform future observations.

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