This asteroid was named 2002 MN by scientists, which escaped from hitting the Earth on 14 June 2002. The distance between the asteroid and the Earth was only 12 thousand kilometers.
Every day small and big asteroids keep passing near the Earth. However, due to their greater distance from the Earth, there is not much danger. At the same time, some asteroids enter the Earth’s orbit, but they do not cause much damage, because they burn to ashes. But if a big asteroid collides with the earth, it can cause a lot of damage. If it collides, ‘Mahapralaya’ can come on the earth. On this day, the Earth was saved from one such ‘Great Catastrophe’, when an asteroid passed very close to the Earth. Regarding this asteroid, it was believed that it could collide with the Earth.
This asteroid was named 2002 MN by scientists, which escaped from hitting the Earth on 14 June 2002. The distance between the asteroid and the Earth was only 12 thousand kilometers. This distance is only one-third of the distance of the Moon from Earth. The length of 2002 MN was 73 meters. The thing to note here is that the scientists got information about this asteroid three days after the collision, that is, on June 17. Earlier, in 1994, the XM1 asteroid had passed so close to the Earth. However, the XM1 was only 10 meters tall. Even if it had a collision, the Earth would not have suffered much.
The scene would have been very terrible when it collided
It was told that the diameter of Asteroid 2002 MN was 73 meters. A similar asteroid collided in 1908 in the Tunguska region of Siberia. Because of this, great devastation was seen. Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said that it was the largest asteroid to pass so close in decades. Scientists said that the speed of this asteroid was 10.6 kilometers per second. In such a situation, if it had hit the earth, then the scene could have been very dangerous. It was told that this asteroid was not visible to the scientists because it was moving from the Sun towards the Earth, due to which it was hidden.
Asteroid will reach Earth again in the year 2070
The NEO (Near Earth Objects) Information Center in England said that if this asteroid had collided with the Earth, then there would have been a big loss. NEO said in its statement, 2002 MN was a mild asteroid, which could have caused some degree of devastation on a global scale. Dinosaurs disappeared from the earth due to this type of space object. At the same time, NASA, while studying the future path of this asteroid, said that it can pass through the Earth again by the year 2070. In such a situation, the earth needs to prepare from now, so that the odd situation can be dealt with.