An Asteroid with the destructive power of 2,700 megatons of explosive TNT risks slamming into the Earth after this year, NASA’s asteroid trackers has unveiled.
The imposing asteroid, dubbed Asteroid FT-3, will come barrelling past our home planet on 3rd of October 2019. NASA presumes the flyby to mark the first of 165 approaches among 2019 and 2116. On any one asteroid flybys, the risk of cataclysm is low however should the asteroid veer off course and straight into the Earth, the results could possibly be cataclysmic. The Asteroid FT3 is a monstrous rocky object measuring an approximated 1,115ft in diameter.
NASA further evaluates the asteroid weighs an incredible. If the asteroid had been to ever hit the Earth, at the point of atmospheric entry, the rock will slam into the planet at 20.37km/sec or greater than 45,500mph. The force of impact would seemingly be equivalent to 2.7 million tonnes.
For comparison, the nuclear bomb dropped on Japan’s Hiroshima in 1945, towards the top of World War-2, was in the range of 13 kilotons to 18 kilotons 13,000 to 18,000 tonnes of TNT. The primary day on which this might occur falls on October 3 this year. After that, NASA estimates a small probability of the asteroid hitting us on October 2, 2024, after which on October 3, 2025.
Asteroid FT3 is a so-called Apollo type space rock, which means it follows an orbit similar to asteroid 1862 Apollo. The trajectory additionally means it circles the Sun inside the confines of the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter.
NASA first noticed the rock on March 20, 2007, and has since confirmed FT3’s orbit based on a total of 14 observations.