Two IIT Bombay Students Discover Closest SUV Car Sized Asteroid Flew Passed Earth

A car sized asteroid passed close to the Earth on 16th August in 2020 which is the closest fly of any large asteroid. It just passed the earth without hitting our planet. The speed of this asteroid is about 8 miles per second and it's sized was about 15 feet. NASA said that this tiny asteroid just passed over the Indian Ocean at 1800 miles height from the sea water level which name is 2020 QG.


Kunal Deshmukh and Kritti Sharma

2020 QG is discover by two IIT Bombay's students there name are Kunal Deshmukh from Pune and Kritti Sharma from Hatiyana. Before 2020 QG asteroid 2011 CQ1 was the most closest passed away asteroid without entering the earth's atmosphere.

According to the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center the 2020 QG flew over the Indian Ocean in East Australia. 2020 QG passed away at 27,600 mph and it's length is about 10-20 feet and it's width is about 3-6 meter and it discover by two Indian students.

NASA’s scientists didn’t detect the asteroid until it was already meet to the outbound trajectory line because the near earth asteroids are difficult to identify on the telescope. This asteroid's initial named was ZTF0DxQ and then renamed into 2020 QG. 2020 QG is just passed at 2,950 km far away from the earth and after this incident 2020 QG become the closest asteroid which didn't hit the earth.

Kunal Deshmukh and Kritti Sharma are two final year student of IIT Bombay and they currently working on a project "Near Earth Asteroids Hunts" by using data from the robotic Zwicky Transient Facility, California. They said that asteroid passed the earth without hitting the earth due dent of earth magnetic force because dent of Earth magnetic field change it's direction.


2020 QG journey path

2020 QG was first discovered before six hours at 12:08 a.m. EDT. 2020 QG first captured by the Zwicky Transient Facility telescope which situated in Caltech’s Palomar observatory in California. Zwicky Transient Facility is a wide field sky astronomical survey which using a wide camera.

The tiny 2020 QG asteroid passed the earth safely it isn't a serious threat to Earth environment but if it is large in size then it could destroy the earth so NASA will be always concern about it and always detects the asteroid as soon as possible.