The US space agency NASA has said that Earth is completely safe for the next 100 years. It said that there is no known asteroid impact threat for Earth for over a century. The agency has issued a statement wherein it has debunked reports that asteroids pose a grave threat to Earth’s existence. The clarification allays apprehensions surrounding the impact of the spatial objects on the planet in recent times. The development comes amidst reports that a new asteroid was approaching towards Earth. Reports were doing the rounds that Asteroid 465824 2010 FR will cross Earth’s orbit early in September. It was predicted that the object was twice the size of the Pyramid of Giza.
Social media was flooded with reports of an asteroid was heading towards the planet with many calling it a dangerous asteroid. However, the NASA statement said that there is a rare chance of a civilization-threatening risk from asteroids. It occurs once in millions of years. Regarding Asteroid 2010 FR, NASA Asteroid Watch had earlier tweeted that there was no need to worry because there was zero chance of it hitting Earth. It passed safely on September 6 from a distance of more than 4.6 million miles away from Earth. This distance is 19 times more than the distance of the Moon from Earth.
It is a common phenomenon for asteroids to safely pass by Earth. Asteroids are nothing but a rocky object in the Universe. They orbit the Sun just like other planets. Sometimes they are also called minor planets. But these rocks are smaller in size than planets. Asteroids in scientific language are classified into three types. The first kind of asteroid is found in Mars and Jupiter’s main asteroid belt. The second one is known to share an orbit with larger planets. They are also called trojans. The third one is called near-Earth asteroids. As the name suggests, the NEA passes close by the Earth. According to NASA, there are 994,383 known asteroids.