Asteroid larger than Burj Khalifa will skirt Earth on Saturday

Eloise Marshall
February 14, 2020

The smaller asteroid is just 230 feet in diameter and orbits its parent like a tiny moon about once every 49 hours, astronomers say.

The space scientists at the NASA draw reference of a 10 kilometres wide rock striking the Earth 86 years ago which resulted in the extinction of the Dinosaurs as well as two-thirds of life on our planet to compare the magnanimity of the complications the PZ39 can bring with it.

NASA has also called the space rock a "potentially hazardous asteroid" or PHA. Asteroid 2020 BX12 is almost 1,500 feet (450 meters) in diameter, according to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. Asteroids this small, if in case it should collide with Earth, would most likely burn up upon contact with the atmosphere. The report quoted NASA saying it is bigger than the largest man-made structure in the world.

What's alarming is the estimated size of the asteroid. CNEOS has identified 2002 PZ39 as an Apollo asteroid.

Though asteroid 2020 BX12 is considered a "potentially hazardous" near-Earth object (NEO) because of its size and minimum orbit intersection distance of 188,000 miles from Earth, it "poses no danger at this time and is now receding from Earth", Arecibo added.

For decades, films have dealt with the subject of potentially unsafe asteroid collisions.

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However, NASA has said the risk of dying from an asteroid impact in the foreseeable future is very slim.

One astronomical unit measures the distance from the Sun to Earth - about 93 million miles (149.l6 million km).

Currently, there is no known asteroid that is headed directly for Earth and that includes Asteroid PZ39.

The space agency said: "No one should be overly concerned about an Earth impact of an asteroid or comet".

It will pass Mars in June but won't be back past Earth until 2022 - by then it will be even further way - it's next close approach won't be until after 2100.

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