Asteroids: 100-meter asteroid is spotted Earthbound, expected to arrive Friday
Space rocks or asteroids have been flying by or approaching Earth for a while. Now, NASA’s asteroid trackers have taken notice of one particular asteroid zooming Earthbound and is set to arrive in a few days.
Express reports that the agency has spotted a space rock hurtling towards the direction of the Earth at a close-approach trajectory. Labeled as 2020 DE3, it is predicted to approach the planet by Friday, the 28th of February and is classified as a Near-Earth Object or NEO. DE3 is hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 32, 904 kilometers per hour and measures somewhere between 45 meters to 100 meters in diameter.
Depending on which end of the scale when it comes to its size, DE3 will either likely blow up when it reaches the atmosphere or will only cause damage to the immediate area of impact. However, even small asteroids can pack quite a punch and slip through undetected, such as the asteroid that caused the Chelyabinsk incident in 2013. It is the larger asteroids that could pose as potentially hazardous, as the damage they would cause if they ever strike the Earth would be on a global scale.
Although the chances of an asteroid collision are slim but never zero, this particular asteroid will only approach Earth and not go any further. The closest DE3 will be getting to the planet is at 0.02506 astronomical units. In human terms, this is equivalent to 3.74 million kilometers, making it extremely far away, but close enough to be noticeable.
Speaking of things approaching Earth, it was previously reported that some never-before-seen footage reveals an unidentified flying object in the skies, specifically a set of lights. The footage was taken back in 2016 at Scottsdale, Arizona, and runs for just around two minutes but was only shown as of late.
UFO enthusiast Scott Waring shared this clip of the sighting and shared his speculations regarding these unusual lights. “Now this is a cool sighting. The UFOs appear in the sky one by one to form a fleet. They probably originated from an underground alien base,” Waring shared. However, he also speculated that the aliens are not on Earth for a “benign” mission based on the formation of the lights.
“They rotate in a triangle formation, suggesting they have a military purpose.”