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Asteroid Alert – 2020 SX3 to Fly By Earth on Thursday

Space agencies are constantly monitoring asteroids that may be approaching Earth or flying around the Universe. NASA has captured one particular asteroid that measures 50 meters (164 feet) traveling through space, and believed to fly by our planet on Thursday, October 8th.

The asteroid, called 2020 SX3, is currently moving towards Earth at a speed of 10.9 km (6.77 miles) per second. 2020 SX3 measures around 50 meters (164 feet) in diameter and is classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO).

2020 SX3 is also labeled as an Apollo-type asteroid, a group that travels through our planet‘s orbital plane, but usually doesn’t pose a major threat. By Thursday, 2020 SX3 will approach Earth at a distance of around 1.7 million km (1.05 million miles), or four times the distance between our planet and the Moon.

Asteroid 2020 SX3 to Approach Earth

Even though asteroids very rarely end up crashing on Earth, there is still a possibility for collision. Luckily, the space rocks that do approach Earth are small enough to only look like fireballs or meteors that pass through the sky.

One such instance was a recent sighting in the East coast of the United States, where a fireball traveled across the skies, with many people noticing the phenomena. The International Meteor Organization received numerous reports from residents who said they had witnessed the space rock passing above. Some even stated concerns that it might not be a meteor but an issue with an aerial vehicle.

“Checked the news when I got home, to me I thought I just saw a meteor or a plane exploding, was very concerned,” said one witness.

Fireballs are a result of a meteor crashing with the Earth’s atmosphere. One prominent instance was the Chelyabinsk incident back in 2013, when a relatively small asteroid crashed on Earth, affecting the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Thousands of people were injured and numerous properties suffered damage.

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