This potential doomsday space rock named, '163373 (2002 PZ39)' is now screeching across space at a mindblowing speed of 35,500 miles per hour, and if it hits the Earth, the blue planet will face the ultimate catastrophe after the asteroid hit that wiped out dinosaurs.
The asteroid, which is said to have a diameter of about 3,250 feet, could "trigger a nuclear winter" if it collided with Earth, the news outlet reported. During its close approach, the asteroid will be nearly 3.58 million miles away from the earth.
Currently, there is no known asteroid that is headed directly for Earth and that includes Asteroid PZ39.
The colossal asteroid has been dubbed by astronomers 163373 (2002 PZ39) and is believed to measure up to about 3,280ft (one kilometre) across. Since it traces an Earth-crossing orbit, the chances of a collision remain high every time it moves this way. According to the observations made by Arecibo Observatory on February 5, the two bodies were 360 meters apart from each other. NASA tracked down an asteroid that could potentially bring disastrous effects on the planet if it collided. The alert system is located in Mauna Loa in Hawaii.More news: Coronavirus: 'Pariah' cruise ship rejected by five ports docks at last
A "potentially hazardous asteroid" that whizzed past Earth earlier this month is so large it has its own "moon".
A binary asteroid is a two-asteroid system that has one common center.
BX12 is a member of the Apollo group of near-Earth asteroids, flying inside Earth's orbit and out beyond Mars. For reference, the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs measured 10 kilometers in diameter.
At its closest, the space rock will approach Earth from about 0.03860 astronomical units.More news: People are loving Taylor Swift's new documentary and song
Although nobody knows when the next big impact will occur, scientists have found themselves under pressure to predict - and intercept - its arrival.
However, NASA has said the risk of dying from an asteroid impact in the foreseeable future is very slim.
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