Just a few days ago, an asteroid of about Earth’s size collided with the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. Which causes a huge explosion on Jupiter. Now according to a report, a massive asteroid 2019 OU1 dangerously traveling towards Earth.
An asteroid, reportedly slightly larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza, is set to fall to Earth at a speed of 18 kilometers per second in August. The massive asteroid is known as the 2019 OU1. It is 160 meters (524 ft) equal to the Washington Monument, or 20 meters larger than Egypt’s most famous pyramid. This asteroid falling from space can bring tsunami shock waves and strong winds, which can be quite destructive.
Asteroids are small, rocky materials that orbit the Sun. Space rocks (asteroids) are attracted to Earth due to the gravitational forces of Earth. According to a report published by Spacetelescope.org, more than 7 million asteroids have been found in space. Asteroids are mainly found in an area called the ‘main belt’ between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the asteroid 2019 OU1, will come 40 times closer to Earth than Venus when it passes at a distance of about one million kilometers. Many news of a possible asteroid hitting planet Earth over the past few months went viral but our Earth has proved lucky enough to survive all previous disasters.
However, many of these kinds of news remain a mere rumor. In addition to the news of the collision of 2019 OU1, the news of another asteroid collision is still going viral. This new prediction made by a British scientist named Dr. Iain McDonald. According to Dr. McDonald, which is a top scientist at the Cardiff University, Wales, our planet will ‘Inevitably’ get hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other. Although he has not specified an exact date for the end of human civilization.
About which McDonald said “I try not to because it would be calamitous. As geologists, we recognize these events throughout history and we try and think of effects they must have had on life at that time. We know that these things will always happen. There are always rocks flying through space. Inevitably one of these will hit us and it will have pretty dramatic effects.”
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However, many other scientists have also given similar statements in different reports, which support MacDonald’s prediction. However, except for the future, we should first think about the Asteroid 2019 OU1, which is on the way towards us.