Another asteroid the size of a building is approaching Earth fast, and it will reach its closest point next week. The space rock was named as 2020 QL2, and it features an imposing diameter of 120 meters (393 feet). If it hits, it will surely cause some damage, although it would be far from threatening all life forms on Earth.
NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies came to provide the information, and we also know that the 2020 QL2 asteroid is flying through space at the staggering speed of 24,000mph.
No need to worry
Although the asteroid will approach within a distance of 4.2 million miles, it has almost zero chance of hitting Earth. We’re safe for now, but the Universe has plenty of reserves left, and there’s no telling when a real and major cosmic threat can hit us.
For about every 10,000 years or so, according to NASA, “rocky or iron asteroids larger than about 100 meters would be expected to reach the Earth’s surface and cause local disasters or produce the tidal waves that can inundate low lying coastal areas.
“On an average of every several hundred thousand years or so, asteroids larger than a kilometre could cause global disasters.”
We shouldn’t ask ourselves if an asteroid will end all life on Earth. Sadly, the better question is WHEN that grim scenario will happen. Of course, something else can get the job done, like a pandemic, a nuclear war, Artificial Intelligence, and so on. Not to mention that the Universe has far more dangerous phenomenons occuring than any asteroid – quasars, supernovae, and more. An asteroid or comet with a diameter of about 11 to 81 kilometers killed the dinosaurs about 60 million years ago, and that’s an enough powerful argument for a second visit of such an impactor.