An asteroid that is approaching Earth will mark the 2022 start. NASA’s classifications provide a clue on whether we should be worried.
Asteroid 2014 YE15 was discovered for the first time in 2014 and will come within 7400,000 km of Earth on January 6.
As NASA considers objects larger than 150 meters and which approach Earth within a distance of 7.5 million kilometers to be ‘Potentially dangerous’, the seven-meter-wide – or ‘bus-size’, as the agency puts it – Asteroid 2014 YE15 is not regarded as a major threat.
The end of the year will also be marked by a seemingly greater danger passing by from space – on December 29, an approximately 149-meter-wide asteroid will come much closer to Earth, within 3,540,000km. NASA regularly monitors the movement of asteroid approaching the earth and keeps it updated with the latest five.
However, they should not be overlooked. Even the smallest of asteroid can pose a problem. An asteroid measuring 20 meters in diameter exploded over Chelyabinsk. It released about the same amount energy as approximately 26 to 33 nuclear bomb explosions. A number of buildings suffered damage and more than 1,500 were hospitalized for side effects from the blast.
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