Tomorrow, April 15, 2020, the Earth will witness the crossing of a small asteroid called 2020 GH2 with a diameter of 18 meters and it moves at a speed of 8.7 km per second and will be located at a distance of 0.9 astronomical units or 134,638,084 km, which means that it will pass safely and there is no danger of it colliding with the Earth and will not be seen by eye Naked.
And the astronomical society in Jeddah revealed in a report that if we assume that this asteroid is in a path of collision with the Earth, then it will explode on top of the Earth’s atmosphere and there is no dangerous impact on the safety of the inhabitants of the earth.
For comparison, in February 2013, a 20-meter asteroid penetrated the sky of Russia at low altitude and released a very high energy that caused a shock wave caused by the explosion in the sky, which shattered the buildings ’windows and human injuries due to flying glass. Small pieces of that space rock reach the surface of the Earth in the form of Meteorites.
The report continued: And take advantage of such opportunities to learn more about asteroids, such as the nature of their formation, these bodies, like the time machine, from the remnants of our solar system, retain many of the secrets of that era and can tell us more about the origin of our planet.
It is noteworthy that the small asteroids that approach the Earth are likely to be affected by the Earth’s gravity, an effect called “gravitational aid” that space agencies use to help propel spacecraft to different places in our solar system.