Asteroid at Risk of Hitting Earth in September

Earth has a 1-in-7,299 chance of getting hit by an asteroid called 2006 QV89.

Asteroid 2006 QV89 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on Aug. 29, 2006. The asteroid is expected to pass by the planet on September 9/10, 2019 and is on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) list of dangerous near-Earth objects, issued on Friday.

2006 QV89 is around 130 feet (40 meters) in diameter. The asteroid that exploded over Russia in 2013 was only 20m across.

According to the ESA’s models, 2006 QV89 will likely only be about 4.26 million miles (6.86 million km) to the planet, compared to the moon which is 238,900 miles (384,400 km) away.

According to Purdue University’s Impact calculator, it has the potential to hit with the power of 1.5 megatons. It’s ranked fourth in the top 10 most concerning near-Earth objects.

After its 2019 flyby, the asteroid is expected to pass by again in 2032, 2045 and 2062, the ESA reported.

In 2029, a 300m asteroid called 99942 Apophis will pass by Earth at a distance of only 19,000 miles (31,000km).



Image adapted from: “asteroid” by Burnt Pineapple Productions and “earth” by Bruce Detorres are in the Public Domain