Washington Monument-Sized Asteroid Will Zoom By Earth on August 28

Getty Images An illustration of a near Earth asteroid is seen here

Although there are now no asteroids which are on track to hit the planet, scientists have discussed potential ways of stopping devastating impacts. Although it is not yet clear when it will occur, the scientist said that an asteroid hitting Earth will surely happen.

The asteroid, with a size double the height of Baiyoke II Tower in Bangkok, is being kept under observation by NASA.

2006 QQ23 hurtled past Earth on Saturday, in what is believed to be the closest call of an asteroid hitting the planet since 2001. It will zoom past the Earth at a speed of 10,400 miles per hour (16,740 km/h) and has been classified as a near-Earth asteroid, according to online portal Space.

Following the asteroid's visit, Danica Remy, the current president of the asteroid-hunting non-profit organization B612 Foundation in California, said that an asteroid smashing into Earth is bound to happen. As asteroids orbit the Sun like planets, they are minor planets. Due to their massive sizes, these asteroids can be easily identified and detected by space agencies.

"Potentially hazardous asteroids are now defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid's potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth", CNEOS said in a statement.

Dr Iain McDonald, a scientist at the Cardiff University's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences had warned that the Earth will be hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other.

They've additionally admitted that they'd no concept {that a} large rock was headed to our Earth because it got here from the path of the solar.

According to the Astronomers, this asteroid causes no immediate threat. Despite this, Remy noted that the impact event can still have a larger effect on the rest of the world.

He commented: "The type of devastation that we'd be is more of at a regional level than a planetary level".

"But it's still going to have global impact, on transportation, networking, climate and weather".

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