Asteroid 2020ND: Bigger than London Eye heading close to earth

By : Samarjeet Singh  |  Updated On : 30 Nov, -0001

Asteroid 2020ND: Bigger than London Eye heading close to earth

It is common for asteroids to pass near our earth, there are some asteroids that are considered a threat. The US space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) monitors such asteroids and has now issued a warning of one such dangerous asteroid. This asteroid will pass through our earth on 24 July.

The asteroid named 2020ND is 170 meters wide and its size is larger than the London Eye. It may come close to 86 lakh 50 thousand kilometres of our planet. However, it is not expected to hit the earth or cause serious destruction.

If a high-speed space object is expected to come close to 46.5 lakh miles from Earth, then it is considered dangerous by space organizations.

According to NASA, there are about 22 asteroids (meteorites) that may come closer to the Earth in the coming years and there are chances of a collision. NASA's Sentry system already monitors such threats. There are currently 22 such asteroids that have little chance of hitting the Earth for the next 100 years.

The first and largest Asteroid 29075 (1950 DA) in this list which is not going to come till 2880. The 2018 VP1 named Asteroid is expected to hit the Earth between 2020-2025 but it is just 7 feet wide. A larger 177 feet Asteroid 2005 ED224 can hit the Earth between the years 2023-2064.