The American space agency NASA has once again issued an alert. This alert has been issued in view of the danger of rocky storms i.e. asteroids coming towards the earth. NASA has warned that another asteroid is moving towards our planet. It can come very close to the Earth, due to which it has been kept in the ‘potentially dangerous’ category. Asteroids can change their direction anytime, so scientists are constantly monitoring this danger.
NASA says that an asteroid named ‘Asteroid 2019 VL5’ (Asteroid 2019 VL5) can come very close to the Earth today i.e. on 15 November. It is believed that when it will be closest to the Earth, then the distance between the two will be only 32 lakh kilometers.
This asteroid with a width of about 76 feet is the size of an aircraft. It is coming towards the earth at a stormy speed of 29,289 kilometers per hour. At present, scientists are optimistic that it will not hit our planet. If any asteroid of this size collides with the earth, it can bring great destruction. It is worth noting that millions of years ago, the extinction of dinosaurs from our earth was also due to the collision of an asteroid, it is believed.
As per reports, Asteroid 2019 VL5 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and takes 365 days to orbit the Sun. When it revolves around the Sun, its maximum distance from the Sun is 191 million kilometers and the minimum distance is 108 million kilometers.
Asteroids are also called minor planets. Asteroids also revolve around the Sun. Asteroids are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our Solar System about 4.6 billion years ago. Scientists have so far detected 11 lakh 13 thousand 527 asteroids.
When asteroids come close to the Earth, scientists look at the distance between them and the Earth. For this the help of satellite and radar is taken. Most asteroids orbit in the main asteroid belt between the planets Mars and Jupiter, but many asteroids have orbits that pass near Earth.