A giant space rock, almost half the size of Ben Nevis, is rushing at 18,000 miles per hour towards Earth. Besides, NASA is closely following movements if the behemoth, having name 481394 2006 SF6. Now, the asteroid is ready for its closest approach to the Earth. Scientists have estimated that the asteroid has an Earth-crossing orbit, and it could strike the atmosphere on 21 November this year. Notably, the 650-meter space rock is often known as an Apollo asteroid. It is a most threatening class of asteroids which have an Earth-crossing orbit.
A researcher has notified if the asteroid crashes in the Atlantic Ocean, it would result in extremely high death rates. The scientist has also portrayed the effect of a massive asteroid impact on coastal areas in case an asteroid hits Earth’s atmosphere and strikes the sea. While NASA says, there are hundreds of thousands of tiny asteroids that whisper around Earth daily. Many times, these space rocks are so small that they flame up and dissolve in the atmosphere before touching the land. Even more, the American space agency has accepted that there exist giant space rocks that would probably hit our planet. Remarkably, some of the celestial chunks are so big that their strike can destroy entire cities and states as well.
For now, researchers have not yet ranked the giant space rock in the Torino Impact Hazard Scale. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) uses the Torino Scale tool to classify probable Earth impact incidents. The mechanism has an integer scale starting from 0 to 20, along with relevant color coding. The scale estimates the probability and impact of the developing impact event. Number 10 on the scale signifies a collision for sure, having the potential of affecting the global climate. Even more, its impact on land or in the ocean may pose a threat to the future of human development. Thus space agencies worldwide, like ESA and NASA, closely monitor celestial bodies paving towards Earth.