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Max Gorbachev. Sputnik International
At the end of the 20th century, NASA launched a program for near-Earth objects aimed at finding and tracking the movement of celestial objects whose orbits could bring them closer to our planet. So far, the space agency has discovered about 25,000 NEOs.
Ladies and gentlemen, don’t feel too comfortable, as 2020 is not over yet … An asteroid as big as Big Ben will fly past Earth next week, Daily Star reported, citing NASA. According to the space agency, the celestial body, called 2020 TGI, travels to our planet at a tremendous speed of 8.5 miles per second (30,708 Mph or almost 50,000 kilometers per hour). NASA says the asteroid could be between 43 and 100 meters wide and is the largest celestial body to orbit our planet.
2020 TGI belongs to the most dangerous category of asteroids – Apollo, which means that its orbit will cross that of our planet. But NASA says it will cross our planet safely at a distance of 7,027,201 miles. In December, Earth will be visited by an unusual asteroid called 2020 SO, categorized as a “potentially dangerous” object. One of NASA’s leading experts, Paul Chodas, suggested that the celestial body could actually be the wreckage of a rocket sent to NASA on the moon in 1966.