Recently, it was reported that an Asteroid as big as Mt. Everest which could wipe out half the humanity is hurtling towards Earth. The name of this asteroid is Apophis and of course, it can cause a lot of damage if it will hit the Earth.
The doomsday space rock Apophis is named after the Egyptian god of chaos and darkness - and NASA is anxious it's on a collision course with Earth.
Aside from these, the massive explosion from the asteroid's impact would send so much debris and smoke into the atmosphere that it would block out the Sun and create a nuclear winter for a very long time.
And NASA is more excited than anxious about the event. Wouldn't worry about this particular one, but a big rock will hit Earth eventually & we now have no defence'. With radar observations, we might be able to see surface details that are only a few meters in size'.
An asteroid will pass our planet today and that asteroid is the 2019 OU1, it will be traveling at the speed of 29,000 miles per hour.
NASA is not quite sure that this huge asteroid will actually hit the Earth this year.
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The asteroid was first discovered by a team of astronomers at the Kitt Peak National Observatory discovered Apophis in June 2004- but technical and weather issues prevented them from studying it further after just two days.
Luckily, another team rediscovered the asteroid at the Siding Spring Survey in Australia later that year. "Fortunately, additional observations refined the orbit and completely ruled out that possibility", according to NASA.
NASA's Centre for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) said the asteroid will be flying past us at a distance of 5.3 million km.
This is not the first time that an asteroid is passing by Earth as asteroids including, 2019 OK, 2019 OD, 2015 HM10, 2019 OE, 2019 NN3, 2019 MB4, 2019 MT2, 2006 QV89, 2016 NO56M, RF12, and many others but none of it touched down the Earth surface.
The asteroid was also discussed at NASA's annual Planetary Defence Conference in April, with scientists and disaster planners simulating an asteroid apocalypse for an emergency response.
We have written this article to tell you about some recent footage released by NASA which shows that an asteroid could hit the Earth next month.