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At the end of the 20th century, NASA launched the Near-Earth Object Program, aimed at finding and tracking the movement of celestial objects whose orbits could bring them into close proximity to our planet. So far, the space agency has found around 25,000 NEOs.
Ladies and gentlemen, don’t get too comfortable, as 2020 isn’t over with us yet … An asteroid as big as Big Ben will dart past the Earth next week, the Daily Star reported, citing NASA. According to the space agency, the celestial body called 2020 TGI is traveling to our planet at a huge speed of 8.5 miles per second (30,708 Mph or nearly 50,000 kilometers per hour). NASA says the asteroid could be between 43 and 100 meters wide and is the largest celestial body to overtake our planet.
TGI 2020 belongs to the most dangerous category of asteroids: Apollo, which means that its orbit will intersect that of our planet. But NASA says it will safely pass our planet at a distance of 7,027,201 miles. In December, Earth will be visited by an unusual asteroid called 2020 SO, classified as a “potentially dangerous” object. One of NASA’s top experts, Paul Chodas, has suggested that the celestial body may actually be debris from a NASA rocket sent to the moon in 1966.