Great Pyramid-sized asteroid traveling towards Earth

Getty Images An illustration of a near Earth asteroid is seen here

Getty Images An illustration of a near Earth asteroid is seen here

NASA announced that Asteroid 2006 QQ23 would fly within 0.049 astronomical units or 7.3 million kilometers of Earth at about 16,740 km/h.

The Apollo-class object, which won't exceed 100 metres in size, is thus much smaller than the landmark 139-metre Egyptian pyramid, the researcher argued.

Even Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American scientist who has made his career explaining physics to the layman, also believes that eventually, the end of the world is probably going to be due a huge asteroid hit. At this distance, it can be classified as a near-Earth asteroid. As asteroids orbit the Sun like planets, they are minor planets.

'Asteroid Bennu, which is currently being visited by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, currently has a one-in-a-few-thousand chance of impacting a couple of centuries from now, but as we continue to track this asteroid, I expect that chance to drop to zero, ' Chodas told Newsweek.

They've additionally admitted that they'd no concept {that a} large rock was headed to our Earth because it got here from the path of the solar.

Following Earth's near-collision with an asteroid during the weekend, a scientist warned that an impact event is inevitable.

Mr Wordon said: "The thing is, if you move something years in advance, you don't have to move it very much. You would then hit it with a spacecraft kind of the size of a small vehicle, and by impacting it, it impacts energy and momentum and will move it slightly off its orbit".

NASA has reported that it was about 45,000 miles from Earth on this Thursday.

However, Sitthiporn Duantakhu, an official of the NARIT (National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand), announced that, even though authorities are watching the evolution of the QQ23 asteroid's trajectory, there is no need to panic. As it heats, it emits radiation, which, over time, will push it off course a little, Wordon said. According to CNEOS, the last time the asteroid approached Earth was on July 29, 2018. This crater strongly resembles the marine impact sites on Earth.

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