NASA says a 500-foot asteroid named ‘2010 XC15’ will fly past Earth today – but it’s not ‘Armageddon’ yet
The scientists plan to hit the space rock with more than 9.6 million radio waves from HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program).
Updated Dec 27, 2022 | 01:34 PM IST
NASA has informed that a 570-foot asteroid called 2010 XC15 will rush past Earth on December 27. But we need not worry.
The space rock is of high importance to scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and NASA because it is the very thing that will let them their preparation against Apophis.
Apophis, also known as 99942 Apophis, is a near-Earth and potentially hazardous asteroid with a diameter of 370 metres. It has caused a brief period of concern in December 2004 when initial observations indicated a probability of up to 2.7% that it would hit Earth on April 13, 2029.
As part of the plan, the scientists will hit the 2010 XC15 with more than 9.6 million radio waves from HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program).
HAARP was initiated as an ionospheric research program by the US government. Its initial purpose was to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance.
The HAARP array will be used by scientists to shoot 9.6 megahertz radio waves at the 2010 XC15 asteroid.
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