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A Huge Asteroid 2000 EM26 Passes Near Earth Today

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A Huge Asteroid 2000 EM26 Passes Near Earth Today

An asteroid, big as three football fields, will pass near the Earth on Monday (Feb. 17). NASA will broadcast live the images, starting at 18.00 GMT, so you can watch it.

The asteroid 2000 EM26 is very large, having a diameter of 270 meters. He is heading towards Earth at a speed of 12.37 km/s. Fortunately, the trajectory is a safe one (no threat of actually hitting the planet), according to NASA. It will be at a distance equivalent to 8 times the distance from Earth to the Moon.

The asteroid will pass near us one year after the event that took place on 15 February 2013 when a smaller space rock (2012 DA14) gave the experts “emotions”, because its came very close to Earth.
Also then, it took place a meteorite explosion at Chelyabinsk in Russia, which caused a strong shock wave that destroyed several buildings and injured thousands of people.
NASA will broadcast live images that will be captured by the telescope. They can be watched here.
My question is, Is it February the “month of meteorites”?

2000 EM26 asteroid's trajectory

Asteroid’s trajectory



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