Will Asteroid 2020 SO Impact Earth?
There is some chance that you have reached this page because of some news stating that there is a significant risk that Asteroid 2020 SO will hit the Earth in the near future. Asteroid 2020 SO is in fact known as a Near Earth Object (or NEO), i.e. an asteroid whose orbit is close to intersect Earth's orbit. These asteroids are monitored very closely and, thanks to high precision position observations and celestial mechanic computations, their orbit is usually known with a high level of precision.
In fact, considering the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid 2020 SO with the Earth is happening on Tuesday 2 February 2021 at 21:44 UTC time. At that time the closest distance between Asteroid 2020 SO and the Earth is 225,153 kilometers, which is a distance equivalent to 0.5856 Lunar Distances, or 35.34 Earth Radii.