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In the late 20th century, NASA launched the Near-Earth Object Object program, which aimed to find and track the motion of celestial bodies whose orbits could bring them close to our planet. The space agency has so far found an estimated 25,000 NEOs to date.
Ladies and gentlemen, do not get too comfortable, because 2020 is not over with us yet … An asteroid as big as Big Ben will whiz past Earth next week, Daily star reported with reference to NASA. According to the space agency, the celestial body called 2020 TGI is moving towards our planet at a tremendous speed of 8.5 miles per second (30,708 Mph or almost 50,000 kilometers per hour). NASA says the asteroid can be anywhere between 43 and 100 meters wide and is the largest celestial body swimming past our planet.
2020 TGI belongs to the most dangerous category of asteroids – Apollo, which means that its orbit crosses it on our planet. But NASA says it will probably pass our planet at a distance of 7,027,201 miles. In December, Earth will be visited by an unusual asteroid called 2020 SO, categorized as a “potentially dangerous” object. One of NASA’s leading experts, Paul Chodas, suggested that the celestial body may actually be debris from a rocket NASA sent to the Moon in 1966.