The 10 biggest asteroids that pose a threat to Earth in 2020
- 2020 will see a massive four-kilometre wide
Asteroid52768 (1998 OR2) make its approach towards Earth in April.
- Another kilometre sized space rock, Asteroid 136795 (1997 BQ), will be flying past the planet in May.
- Here’s a full list of the biggest asteroids that will be whizzing past Earth in 2020.
Not many pose a threat — but some astronomers think it’s only a matter of time before one of those little rocky worlds will crash into the planet.
"No human in the past 1000 years is known to have been killed by a meteorite or by the effects of one impacting," according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA).
While the Center of Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) and the Near-Earth Object Coordination Center (NEOCC) claim that their detection methods are full-proof, that may not always be true. Asteroid 2019 OK wasn’t even on any of the detection radars when it passed a mere 73,000 kilometres from Earth on 26 July 2019.
History shows us that there have been a few close calls. In 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor streaked through the Russian skies and exploded only 30 kilometres from the surface. Though it wasn’t a direct impact, the force of 444,000 tons of TNT damaged buildings for 500 kilometres.
Here are the ten biggest asteroids set to approach the Earth in 2020: