June 30th is marked as the International Asteroid Day and is considered an important day around the world. This year’s International Asteroid Day marks the passing of 111 years since a huge meteoroid smashed the remote Siberia area.
30th June: International Asteroid Day
The meteoroid was estimated to be 220 million pounds heavy and was travelling at the speed of 33,500 mph as reported by NASA. It fell in the Tunguska River which is situated in a remote area of Siberia.
An asteroid called 2006 QV89, which has a diameter slightly smaller than the width of a football field, is set to pass by Earth in September. https://t.co/iUEhjJRqJB
— USA TODAY Money (@USATODAYmoney) June 7, 2019
30th June is celebrated as the International Asteroid Day so as to raise awareness regarding the risk that meteoroids and asteroids possess. Escalating awareness among scientist could help in better tracking and identification of asteroids and meteoroids.
ESA announced about the impending nearby tour of a football-size meteor
ESA, The European Space Agency is committed to monitoring and identification of asteroids. The organization recently announced news about an asteroid which is going to fly by the earth on 9th September. The asteroid dubbed as 2006 QV89, in size is a little wider than a football field.
ESA even said that it had a minuscule one in 7000 chance of crashing on the Earth’s surface. Even though the size might sound extremely big and terrifying, it not so.
There is a 1 in 7,299 chance that an asteroid called 2006 QV89 will hit the Earth on 9th September this year.
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) June 11, 2019
The size of this football size asteroid is nothing in comparison with the one that decimated dinosaurs’ 66 million-years-ago. The meteor that is speculated to have ended dinosaurs’ life on Earth is estimated to be six miles in diameter.
Just a week ago the University of Hawaii detected an asteroid a few hours before it entered the Earth’s atmosphere. The asteroid baptized as 2019 MO travelled at the speed of 240 mph. It entered Earth’s atmosphere just south of San Juan and burned in our atmosphere.
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) June 8, 2019
2019 MO was detected using ATLAS and Pan-STARR survey telescopes.
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