2020’s Asteroid Coming Close To Earth Thursday!
To the best of my memory, it's how the TV show "The Dinosaurs" ended (this and the following ice age) and according to DC Comics, it's a possible way to explain whatever happened to "The Flintstones". I'm talking about an asteroid coming and hitting the earth! Well, the closest asteroid of the year isn't going to hit, but it'll be getting pretty close tomorrow (Thursday 9/24) morning. Although, just by judging how 2020 is going, it wouldn't surprise me, if our scientists are off a little, and this ends the episode of "LIFE: 20/20".
According to smart people at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, the report states that the school bus sized (15 feet to 30 feet wide) will be swinging by Earth's atmosphere. If it gets too close, expect a break up, and a meteor/fireball to happen. How close is close? Looks like it'll still be roughly 22,000 miles away. Still, too close for comfort this year.
Paul Chodas, director of the institute's Center of Near-Earth Object Studies, says there's pretty much nothing to worry about, that this happens more than you realize. "There are a large number of tiny asteroids like this one, and several of them approach our planet as close as this several times every year." Chodas also commented how "In fact, asteroids of this size impact our atmosphere at an average of about once every year or two."
The asteroid was first seen back on September 18th by scientists at the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, and since it's discovery, they've been keeping a close eye on it's trajectory. If you're still worried, the whole thing will be over by the time you wake up Thursday morning, with the approach set to happen at 4:12am of the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Once it flies by, don't expect it back till it's done flying around the sun and makes it's way in 21 more years.