The stone is the size of an airplane. A large asteroid flies to the planet at a speed of 46,000 km/h
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A lot of near-Earth asteroids pose a threat to the Earth, and among them the space rock 2020 TO2.
Astronomers warn that an asteroid called 2020 TO2, which is slightly smaller than a Boeing 737 airliner, is flying towards Earth at great speed, writes Inverse.
Already this week, namely on October 15, an asteroid will approach the Earth, the size of which is estimated in the range from 14 to 31 meters. This is slightly smaller than the Boeing 737, which is 40 meters long. This near-Earth space rock, called 2020 TO2, is flying at 46,000 km/h and is predicted not to hit Earth.
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During its close flyby of our planet, the asteroid, which was discovered exactly 2 years ago, should be at a distance of 644,000 km from Earth. And this is almost 2 times farther than the distance to the Moon.
Although such an asteroid cannot greatly harm the planet, even if it fell to Earth, it is still better to always be prepared for such events, scientists say . Therefore, special NASA tracking systems monitor such space objects that may pose a threat to the Earth.
Asteroid 2020 TO2, which, 2 years after its discovery, flies again to the side Earth belongs to a class of asteroids called Apollos. They revolve around the Sun between Venus and Jupiter and intersect the Earth's orbit. Today, more than 5 thousand representatives of this class are known.
It would seem that a distance of 644 thousand kilometers is very far, but by space standards it is very close to our planet. And the flight path of such an asteroid can be affected by external space factors, as a result of which, theoretically, it can change its course.
According to scientists, this asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye from Earth and even using conventional telescopes . Only the most powerful ground and space observatories can observe it.
Focus already wrote that a week ago a group of asteroids approached our planet at a much greater distance, which had a similar from 2020 TO2 size.