Amidst the Covid-19 crisis now NASA has warned that a huge asteroid is set to fly past the Earth on July 24. The space research agency has classified Asteroid 2020 ND as Near-Earth Object (NEO) and Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA).
Asteroids are rocks that have been leftover from the formation of our solar system. It is estimated to be 160 metres or 520 feet in diameter but there will be no harm, as it will safely pass the Earth, just like five other times in the past.
It is not the asteroid’s first-time visiting Earth as it maintains an orbit around the Sun which often allows it to come close to both Earth and Mars.Asteroid 2020 ND is not a key scientific target for NASA.
The same is reserved for asteroids like 101955 Bennu, 10,199 Chariklo, 16 Psyche, 243 Ida, 25143 Itokawa, 253 Mathilde, 433 Eros, and 4 Vesta.
The closest approach of Asteroid 2020 ND will be 5,570,000 km from Earth. The average distance between Earth and Moon is 385,000 km. So there is no harm for the Earth as it so far.