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Are asteroids bigger than earth?

Asked by G. dorgon, Last updated: Apr 25, 2020

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Amla Amelia

Amla Amelia

Answered Apr 01, 2020

The correct answer to this question is No. The mass of asteroids are less than the Mass of Earth. Overall, asteroids vary in size. Some come close to 1000 km, while others are only 1 meter. The larger ones are similar in size to miniature planets.

On the other hand, Earth has a mass of 5.972 × 10^24 kg. Other characteristics of the size of Earth is that it has a radius of 3,958.8 mi. Earth is much more bigger than asteroids, though asteroids poses its own danger to Earth. This is because if they come in contact, an asteroid is large enough to damage Earth.

 

G. dorgon

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G. dorgon, Senior Executive, MBA, Sheffield

Answered Mar 22, 2020

Asteroids travel pretty fast when orbiting the sun. A typical asteroid travels with a speed of 20 to 25 kilometers per second. While an average asteroid moves with this speed, there are some factors that can determine how fast or slow an asteroid will move. Asteroids usually have their speeds assisted by the gravitational effect of the planet or stars that are around them.

It is due to the nature of their speed that scientists are seriously worried about a possible collision that could occur if asteroids that exist in the main asteroid belt manage to hit the earth. The level of destruction that would be recorded will definitely be huge. According to reports, this possible collision is likely to occur by 2036 as an asteroid known as Apophis is already coming close to the Earth, and the region it is moving to is where we have most of our satellites.

 

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