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2006 QQ23: Potentially Hazardous Asteroid can Wipe out an Entire Country, Scientist Worry

by John Anusie

There is growing anxiety in the scientific community and indeed around the world over the 2006 QQ23 asteroid expected to hit the earth in August. The asteroid has been described as potentially hazardous.

The 2006 QQ23 asteroid, which was first observed thirteen years ago, in 2006, has a diameter of between 254 and 568 metres and an orbital period of 263 days. It is a near-earth asteroid and is therefore classified “aten.”

The 2006 QQ23 asteroid is considered “hazardous.” An asteroid is considered hazardous based on how threateningly close it can get to the earth. NASA’s Centre for Near Earth Objects Studies describes a (potentially) hazardous asteroid as “asteroid with a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of 0.05 au or less.

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The 2006 QQ23 asteroid is expected to move past earth on 10 August 2019 at a distance of about 0.04977 astronomical units, according to NASA’s Centre for Near Earth Object Studies.

Source: The Economic Times

The Asteroidpotentially hitting the earth is bad news for all of earth’s denizens. It may be noted, thought, that it comes just after a piece of good news regarding another asteroid.

Earlier, it had been reported that Asteroid 2006 QV89 will not smash into the earth in September. And then out of the blue, the world had been slammed with the news of the 2006 QQ23 asteroid hitting the earth in August.

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It has been reported the asteroid can potentially wipe out an entire country if it should hit the earth.

Well, what are your thoughts on the said asteroid? You may join the conversation by dropping your thoughts in the comment section below.

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