what goes around, comes around
We all know that space brings forth the mysteries of the unknown; blackholes that we have no current knowledge of, planets that are yet to be discovered.
But luckily for us, our knowledgable scientists and astronomers, are able to keep a look out for our lovely planet, just in case a rather large asteroid decides to visit.
And by visit, I mean a little too close for comfort.
For the past couple of weeks, an asteroid has been under heavy monitoring by experts, incase its orbit brings a threat to our own civilisation.
Named 2005 YU55, the asteroid is currently travelling at 13.7km a second, right in the direction of Earth.
If that doesn’t give you an indication of its potential, perhaps its 400m diameter will.
The asteroid is expected to pass by Earth, with only 324,000km to separate the two.
NASA, however, has been quick to distinguish any resulting fears, claiming that the asteroid poses no danger to Earth in this situation.
Take a second to breathe. The apocalypse is not yet near. Although, 2020 might hold something similar.
CSIRO NASA is also monitoring a larger asteroid, Apophis, which is expected to pass Earth, with only 30,000 – 36,000km separating it from collision with our planet.
For now, NASA is considering planting a probe on Apophis to keep an eye on its orbit, and the dangers we might be facing in the future.
Only time will tell.