Scientist says Asteroid 1950 DA will be hitting on Earth on March 16, 2880, and its potential destruction is so huge that will wipe out humans on Earth.
The asteroid will follow a trajectory path that will cross planet Earth on the specified date. Once it hit the Earth surface, it could be the largest asteroid that brought permanent damage to all living and non-living things.
The discovery was made by researchers at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville. Ben Rozitis, a postdoctoral researcher; Eric MacLennan, a doctoral candidate; and Joshua Emery, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, although they believes that asteroid will disintegrate and break apart but this one keeps it from breaking and possible hitting the Earth surface, and the target is the Atlantic Ocean forming giant tsunami that brought unprecedented destruction.
‘We found that 1950 DA is rotating faster than the breakup limit for its density,’ said Rozitis.
‘So if just gravity were holding this rubble pile together, as is generally assumed, it would fly apart. Therefore, interparticle cohesive forces must be holding it together.’
‘Following the February 2013 asteroid impact in Chelyabinsk, Russia, there is renewed interest in figuring out how to deal with the potential hazard of an asteroid impact,’ said Professor Rozitis.
Facts about Asteroid 1950 DA
The asteroid, named 1950 DA, is a rock two-thirds of a mile in diameter, travelling at about 15 km (nine miles) per second relative to the Earth.
It is approximately 3,280ft (1,000 metres) in diameter, but rotates once every two hours and six minutes.
At this rate, the rock should break apart and eventually disintegrate, but it is not showing any signs of doing so.
In fact, the rotation is so fast that at its equator, 1950 DA effectively experiences negative gravity.
If an astronaut were to attempt to stand on this surface, he or she would fly off into space unless he or she were somehow anchored.
The presence of cohesive forces has been predicted in small asteroids, but definitive evidence has never been seen before.
It is due to swing so close to Earth it could slam into the Atlantic Ocean at 38,000 miles per hour.
It is estimated that if 1950 DA were to collide with the planet, it would do so with an force of around 44,800 megatonnes of TNT.
Although the probability of an impact is only 0.3 per cent, this represents a risk 50 per cent greater than an impact from all other asteroids.