A 37-meter space rock, equal to the size of two 18-wheeler trucks, dubbed “2020 PT4” is expected to pass the moon and the Earth on September 8, 2020 (Sept. 9 PH) in what NASA describes as a “near Earth” approach.
The asteroid is said to travel at a speed of 12.6 kilometers per second or 45,360 kilometers per hour, a pace that, by estimate, could literally send anyone from the UK to New York more than eight times in a span of an hour.
Classified as a “near-Earth object” (NEO), NASA sees opportunity in the event to learn more of the solar system.
Considering its size and speed, NASA predicts that the asteroid’s possible collision to Earth will not be “life-threatening.” But the agency alludes the foreseeable magnitude of the situation to be akin to the Chelbayinsk incident.
The Chelbayinsk incident was a 2013 event involving a 20-meter meteor that sees explosion in the area, causing the damage of Windows of residential homes and an injury to 1,000 people.
NASA is not ruling out the possibility of a major space rock hitting the planet as well as the disastrous ramifications that come with the event, albeit the chances being small.