The asteroid, slightly smaller than the largest structure in the United States, is scheduled for a no-nonsense approach to Earth later this month.
Known as 2006 SF6, the space rock will travel past Earth on November 20 at approximately 2.7 million miles (0.02886 astronomical units) at approximately 12:01 a.m. EDT, according to the NASA's Center for Near Earth Objects Research near-Earth objects.
According to a 2018 report compiled by Planetary.org, there are more than 18,000 NEOs.
The asteroid may be a condition, ESA WARNS: "NO-ZERO … PROBABILITY"
at 0.05 astronomical units and measuring more than 460 feet in diameter, according to NASA.
Asteroid 2006 SF6, which was discovered on September 17, 2006, is thought to have a diameter of between 919 feet and 2,034 feet, slightly smaller than this KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, SD, the tallest structure in the US and the fourth highest in the world.
The Space Rock will fly past Earth at approximately 17,800 miles per hour and will be adjacent to our planet again on November 5, 2020, two days after the US presidential election.
In August, an asteroid just short of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, flew past Earth.
NASA has been preparing for planetary defense against asteroid strikes for years. A recent study has shown that Americans prefer a space program that focuses on the potential asteroid effects of sending humans back to the moon or Mars.
2016 NASA formally formalized its previous NEO discovery and tracking program and placed it in its Science Mission Directorate, Last June, the space agency presented a 20-page plan detailing the steps the U.S. should take, to be better prepared for NEOs – like asteroids and comets – that come 30 miles from the planet.
NASA EMAILS OPEN THE SPACE AGENCY, PROVIDING A CITY KILLER ASTEROID TO THE NEXT MOMENT: "THIS ONE PARTY900010101901019 of the NEO and improving model forecasting, the plan also aims to develop technologies to divert NEOs, enhance international cooperation, and create new emergency procedures and action protocols.
Separately in April, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein stated that an asteroid impact is not something that needs to be taken lightly and is perhaps the greatest threat on Earth
"We need to make sure that people understand, it's not Hollywood, it's not movies, "Bridenstein told the 2019 International Academy of Planetary Defense Astronautical Conference in College Park, Md., according to Space.com. "This is about protecting the only planet we currently know to host life, and this is planet Earth."
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