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NASA Warns Of Airburst-Causing Asteroid Arriving This Week


An asteroid following an Earth-intersecting orbit was approaching the planet, and data collected by NASA indicates it's big enough to create a violent explosion in the atmosphere should it come too close.


CNEOS estimated the asteroid has a diameter of about 98 feet, making it slightly longer than the distances between baseball diamond bases.


According to CNEOS, 2020 EF is an Aten asteroid, which means it follows a natural orbit that crosses Earth’s path .


Due to its size, 2020 EF will most likely not cause an impact event , likely breaking if it enters Earth's atmosphere.


It's big enough, however, to cause an explosion in the sky that could be dangerous, as illustrated by the 2013 meteor explosion over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, which produced a flash 30 times brighter than the Sun and caused 180 cases of eye pain and 70 cases of temporary flash blindness.


During this time, the asteroid will fly past Earth from a distance of 0.04241 astronomical units or roughly 3.9 million miles from the planet’s center.






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