Despite the fact that there are a huge number of asteroids in space, they seldom pose a threat to Earth. Even when they approach the planet for a close encounter, the majority of them burn up in the atmosphere, causing no harm to Earth. But history bears evidence that once a monster rock hits the planet, the consequences can be like a nightmare! Chicxulub impact – the asteroid strike around 66 million years ago, is one of those examples.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released an alert regarding a huge asteroid known as 2023 GF2 that is rapidly approaching Earth and will come dangerously close. This potentially hazardous asteroid, which measures 87 feet, is predicted to pass close to Earth on April 30. NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office issues an alert and raises a red flag for any Near Earth Object (NEO) that comes within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers of Earth. As per NASA, it remains to be seen whether this 87-foot-wide asteroid poses a threat to Earth.