Huge Asteroid Headed Towards Earth’s Orbit

NASA is tracking a huge asteroid that will hit Earth’s orbit on September 14th, passing the planet at a speed of up to 23,666 mph.  The U.S. space administration has labeled the asteroid 2020 QL2 and has estimated it to be between 50 – 120 miles wide.  It’s classed as a Near Earth Object (NEO), any comet or asteroid within 1.3 astronomical units from the Sun can fit into this category.  NASA has said the asteroid is expected to safely pass our planet at ten times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, some 4,259,235 miles away.  Asteroid 2020 QL2 was first sighted on August 14 2020, with its most recent sighting being on September 3, according to NASA data.

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan