We had a heat wave this week, and in the world of science things have also been brewing. This past Wednesday Asteroid 2016 NF23 glided close to Earth at speeds surpassing 20,000 mph or nine kilometers per second. Not only is Asteroid 2016 NF23 a fast moving rock, it is also a gigantic one. At 456 ft. tall (139m), scientists say that this asteroid is bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
It is interesting that scientists compare Asteroid 2016 NF23 to the Great Pyramid of Giza. In fact, they made the perfect juxtaposition. Still to this day, we do not know exactly how asteroids were formed or how pyramids were constructed. What does exist are many theories about how asteroids evolved and how pyramids were built.
There are several theories describing how asteroids formed. Some scientist believe that asteroids are small planets that are composed of the material left over when the planets first formed. Others think that asteroids are the remains of one of Jupiter’s satellites that detonated.
Here are some facts that scientists do know about asteroids. Minor planets are asteroids. The bigger asteroids are also called planetoids. In our universe, there are millions of asteroids that never grew large enough to become planets. 4 Vista is the only asteroid seeable to the naked eye and can be seen in a very dark night sky.
For all those who are interested in asteroids, June 30, 2018 was designated as International Asteroid Day. As the general public’s curiosity in asteroids has grown, the threat of an asteroid hitting the Earth has also become more likely. According to B612 Foundation, they think that there is a 100 percent probability that an asteroid can hit the Earth in the future. They do not know when this catastrophic event may take place.
Like asteroids, pyramids are also mysterious. Archaeologists are still trying to figure out how those bricks were perfectly laid to form the pyramids. What we do know is that pyramids are the final resting place of Pharaohs who ruled Ancient Egypt. Having the distinction of being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Giza Pyramid is a tourist attraction.
Archaeologists and historians have also learned about the spiritual beliefs of Ancient Egyptians. They believed that the ka, which was a part of the Pharaoh’s spirit, remained with the corpse. In Egyptian tombs, there are important artifacts that a Pharaoh would need to perform his duties in the afterlife.
Just like the pyramids have remained, Asteroid 2016 NF23 will not go away any time soon. According to scientists, Asteroid 2016 NF 23 will pass out planet once more on April 23, 2020. Let’s hope that it will not strike Earth!