A planet-ending celestial object strikes the Earth every few million years, as evidenced by major historical incidents such as the Chelyabinsk tragedy and the asteroid which caused the extinction of dinosaurs millions of years ago. NASA and other space agencies have now issued an alert against Asteroid 2023 AA2, which is set to make a close approach with Earth today, February 22. This asteroid is estimated to come closest to Earth at a distance of just 6.6 million kilometers and is currently travelling at a terrifying speed of 36523 kilometers per hour. It measures nearly 450 feet across, comparable to the size of a skyscraper. Research on asteroids is critical as it can provide valuable information on the early stages of the solar system and planetary development, and may contain useful resources such as metals and water.
Today: December 9, 2023