As per the recent development, the asteroid tracking system by NASA currently monitoring an asteroid. It will be reaching Earth on Saturday at high speed. The data that the system provides shows that the approaching asteroid is so big that when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it will create an explosion.
NASA’s Center gave all these data and period for Near-Earth Object Studies or CNEOS. The name of the approaching asteroid is 2019 YB4, and it has got a diameter of about 86 feet. It is approaching Earth at a speed of about 14,000 miles per hour.
What CNEOS says?
As per CNEOS, it states that this 2019 YB4 asteroid will intersect the orbit of the Earth twice. It belongs to the class of asteroids, which is the name of Apollos. All the asteroids of this class follow the solar system orbit at a full orbit. But the lucky thing in this collision is that it will not have any severe impact on the planet.
Though the diameter of it is 84 feet still, it will not be able to reach the Earth’s surface. So, for that all, there is no danger to the planet.
What to occur when the asteroid enters the atmosphere?
When it reaches the atmosphere of the Earth, then you can see that it will start to burn. After some time, it will explode, but the energy that will produce mid-air will be nearly equivalent to 30 atom bombs. The asteroid may explode somewhat between 54,000 to 87,000 feet.
When the explosion takes place, most of the energy from it will be absorbed by the atmosphere. But still, it depends on the altitude and angle of entry of asteroid. So, the heat from the explosion may affect the people as well as other ground structures too.