We’re not meeting an end similar to dinosaurs. Not anytime soon at least.
A huge asteroid just passed Earth and it was way too close. Dubbed the 2020 BR1, the asteroid passed by around 14:55 GMT, according to the space agency. It was expected to pass Earth at a distance of around 3.6 million miles (approximately 5.7 million kms) away. While to any of us that might sound like quite a safe distance, officially, it would be termed as a ‘close approach’ by NASA.
To give you an idea of the size of this thing, the space rock was calculated to be between 75 and 170 metres in diameter. It’s basically the size of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
But if you thought that was it, there’s more. 26 February was quite a busy day for Earth in terms of deadly asteroids threatening to end life on the planet. Apart from 2020 BR1, four other asteroids were set to whizz pass our planet. These asteroids are comparatively much smaller than 2020 BR1 with he largest one measuring just 41 metres in diameter.
If reading this got you a little worried, don’t worry. The chances of an asteroid hitting our planet is extremely low. According to a report by Mirror UK, NASA discovers around 30 new ‘near-Earth objects’ (NEOs) every week. In 2019, more than 19,000 NEOs were discovered, but hey, we’re all still here.