Is the media trying to cover-up a potentially hazardous asteroid threat that’s set for July 22?
(INTELLIHUB) — It is unknown why a major mainstream news publication would report a potentially hazardous asteroid approach for the day of July 24 when another potentially hazardous asteroid will be passing at a far closer distance two days before.
That’s what actually happened when Express.co.uk published a piece titled Asteroid news: NASA reveals ‘hazardous’ asteroid bigger than London Eye on close approach on Thursday which touts the “truly monstrous space rock” as potentially hazardous.
The piece reports that a 557 foot-wide asteroid named 2020 ND will be making its close approach on July 24 when it passes Earth at a safe distance of 92,955,887 miles.
However, it’s rather alarming that the publication managed to miss the memo regarding another large asteroid dubbed 2020 NO that is set to approach 2 days earlier on July 22.
Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory close approach data shows that 2020 NO will indeed pass far closer to Earth than 2020 ND (the object reported by Express.co.uk).
Asteroid 2020 NO appears to be the real culprit which JPL data claims will graze Earth from a distance of just 481,459 miles.
Moreover, it’s also important to point out that 2020 NO is set to pass by the moon at a distance of a mere 296,592 which is considered a close shave in astronomical terms.
Coming in September
Keep your eyes the sky as September may be an eventful month. The European Space Agency (ESA) also is claiming an asteroid named 2018 SV13 is headed inbound on the 22 and has a “non-zero” chance of hitting which means that a strike is possible.
Although it is unknown 2018 SV13 will miss earth altogether, burn up in the earth’s atmosphere upon entry, airburst or impact, one thing is for sure, planetary defense agencies in both Europe and the United States will be on high alert and will be ready to mitigate and or deflect the object if need be.
The ESA publically estimates the probability of an airburst is a chance of 1 in 3.6 million but if the near-earth earthbound object were to airburst it could pose a significant threat and cause significant damage to the affected area.
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H/T David Wilson