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What is the name of the meteor that will hit Earth?

What is the name of the meteor that will hit Earth?

On average, an asteroid the size of Apophis (370 metres) is expected to impact Earth once in about 80,000 years….99942 Apophis.

Model of 99942 Apophis’s shape, assuming the entire surface is of a similar composition.
Discovered by Roy A. Tucker David J. Tholen Fabrizio Bernardi

How many meteors have hit the earth?

To date, there have been nearly 1,100 recovered falls (meteorites seen to fall) and nearly 40,000 finds (found, but not seen to fall). It is estimated that probably 500 meteorites reach the surface of the Earth each year, but less than 10 are recovered.

Is there an asteroid close to Earth?

This is a list of examples where an asteroid or meteoroid travels close to the Earth. The small near-Earth asteroids 2008 TC3, 2014 AA, 2018 LA and 2019 MO are the only four asteroids discovered before impacting into Earth (see asteroid impact prediction).

When was the last asteroid hit Earth?

On 30 June 1908, the date of the last major impact on Earth, a relatively small asteroid approximately 40 metres in size devastated about 2,000 square kilometres of forest in Siberia . The impact energy was at least a 100 times greater than the two nuclear bombs used in…

What is the largest object to hit Earth?

The largest object ever to hit Earth was probably Theia. When it hit earth, over 4B years ago, it hit so hard that parts of it and earth flew off to form our moon. Theia is estimated to be about the size of Mars.

What is the closest meteor to Earth?

NASA expects Phaethon to be the closest to Earth on Dec. 16, when it’s projected to be more than 6.4 million miles away. That’s about 27 times the average distance between Earth and the moon, which is 238,855 miles. It will be the closest this asteroid has been to Earth since Dec.

What if an asteroid hit Earth?

In other words, if an asteroid strikes Earth, it will be a really, really bad day no matter how big it is. If the asteroid is a mile in diameter, it’s likely to wipe out life on the planet.

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