Is this a bigger threat than Coronavirus!
The US space agency, NASA, recently tracked an asteroid which would pass the Earth close enough to cause an “airburst”! The first asteroid is named the 2020 EF and the second one named 2020 DP4 which have both been the subject of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies or CNEOS.
However, the good news is that despite being incredibly close to Earth’s atmosphere, the size of the asteroid would be too small for it to survive close contact with Earth’s surface. The asteroid thankfully measures only 98 feet in diameter despite traveling really fast at the speed of 10,000 mph.
What is air burst?
According to previous research, most explosions that were recorded around Earth’s atmosphere were most likely caused by air bursts when meteors exploded as they just recently hit the thickest part of Earth’s atmosphere.
Earth has already experienced quite the amount of powerful air bursts with the most powerful being the 1908 Tunguska event. The 1947 Sikhote-Alin meteor as well as the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor which were both in Russia have so far been among the most powerful air bursts recorded.