NASA announces and says a city-killing asteroid could hit our planet on May 6, 2022.
On May 6, 2022, JF1, the city-killing asteroid, will be passing by earth and has a possibility of hitting our planet.
NASA discovered JF1 in 2009 and over the past decade, NASA has been watching it closely.
Sentry, the automated asteroid watching system of NASA, has been keeping a close eye on the asteroid since the day it was discovered.
As of 2009, NASA listed JF1 as a “near-Earth object” which means it is in the orbit of our sun and is a threat to our planet.
A spokesperson of NASA explained what near-Earth objects are.
The spokesperson explained, “Some asteroids and comets follow orbital paths that take them much closer to the Sun and therefore Earth than usual. If a comet’s or asteroid’s approach brings it to within 1.3 astronomical units of the Sun, we call it a near-Earth object.”
1 astronomical unit is equivalent to nearly 93 million miles, and the JF1 is not that small.
According to reports, the JF1 is nearly 130 meters in diameter and is around the same size as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
If JF1 hits our planet, the impact could be equal to a force of 230 kilotons of TNT.
Remember the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945? The explosion of that bomb was equivalent to 15 kilotons of TNT.
So you can imagine how strong it would if it would hit our planet earth.
The current odds of the JF1 hitting our planet is at 0.026 percent, so there’s over 99 percent of chances that it will just pass away and say hi from away.
Until 2022, let’s just sleep well and forget about JF1.