US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Thousands of social media users in Arabic circulated a story attributed to the American Space Agency (NASA), warning of an asteroid colliding with Earth on April 29th.
However, this news is not true and the US agency that monitored this crime since 1998 confirmed that there is no danger that it will pass along the ground.
This news is spread on the pages of networking sites in various formats, agreeing that humanity is in imminent danger on the twenty-ninth of April 2020.
This started to spread on March 3, according to an AFP news investigative team.
It was also reported by news websites such as the one he published entitled “After the Corona disaster … a planet with 30 nuclear bombs is coming to Earth to destroy it completely.”
The article said that the asteroid “OR2 1998 … is expected to collide with the Earth by April 29th,” and that “any space object of this size that moves at such speed can destroy the planet completely”, attributing the information to the US space agency (NASA).
Asteroids along the Earth
Asteroids are rocky bodies that range in diameter from a few meters to several kilometers, and larger objects are called dwarf planets, and the largest of them are planets.
Scientists at the US space agency say that the rate of asteroid hitting the size of a football field on Earth is about every two thousand years, causing damage in the area of the impact and its surroundings. As for the major objects whose collision with our planet leaves massive damage at the level of the earth as a whole, it is a very rare event that occurred last time 66 million years ago.
In recent years, the scientific community has redoubled its efforts to count the bodies that swim near the Earth and whose orbit can intersect the Earth’s orbit and to collide with it.
To date, 95% of the objects over one kilometer in diameter have been identified.
In theory, the collision of any of these objects would lead to a catastrophe. The atmosphere will not be able to break them all before they reach Earth, and the collision will lead to thousands of dead and massive destruction all over the earth.
So scientists and space agencies are working on studying possible ways to divert any object bound to Earth from its path, in plans reminiscent of science fiction films.
Scientists discovered this object in 1998, and they called it (52768 OR2 1998). It is expected that he will actually go along the ground in the coming weeks, and it can be said that, given the diameter of one to three kilometers, hitting it on the ground would cause a real disaster.
But does this danger really exist?
News sites and Facebook pages attributed the news of the asteroid crash of OR2 1998 to the American Space Agency.
Upon reviewing the official website of NASA, it became clear that the asteroid is already listed on the approaching satellite.
However, at the discovery of this crime, the agency had no possibility of hitting the ground.
In the list of objects close to Earth’s orbit, the agency explained that the minimum distance asteroid will approach from Earth is 16 times the distance between Earth and the Moon.
The agency also published on its official website a graphic map of asteroid movement along the Earth, showing that a collision between them is out of the question.
Pages of the communication sites often occupy similar baseless rumors, or alter scientific information to talk about the approaching end of the world.
On the other hand, scientists concerned with observing near-Earth objects stress that there is no similar risk in the next hundred years.
Space agencies are always striving to dispel these rumors, which frighten many.
A similar rumor had previously circulated, which gathered thousands of posts on communication sites, which were taken up by a news health investigating team in France Press.
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