A bus sized asteroid, which has fallen 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface, was witnessed by scientists. Though there were little chances that the giant asteroid would strike the Earth’s surface, its close contact has given an opportunity to scientists, so that they can have a look to the entire event.
Richard Binzel, who is from the MIT’s Department of Earth, was of the view that they have named the asteroid as KT42. “Depending on where it’s falling, you might need to know whether it’s going to survive passage through the atmosphere, and how many fragments [will make impact]”, said Binzel.
Binzel narrated his experience that they were not aware of any such incident, and it was only when Minor Planet Center (MPC) informed them that such incident is going to take place and they should also look for it.
When they noticed the asteroid from the equipment, they found that the asteroid was approaching the surface at a great speed and there are chances that it would hit Earth in next 24 hours. In order to make sure that they do not miss any such other opportunity, they have been asking the authorities concerned to halt all other projects.
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