Monster Asteroid Heading Towards Earth, NASA asteroid tracker A [1,115FT] asteroid can skim Earth on at [34,000MPH].
A MONSTROUS asteroid bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza will shoot past the planet this week at an incredible speed of more than 34,000mph (54,717kph), NASA’s asteroid trackers have found.
NASA believes the space rock, dubbed Asteroid 2019 EN, could be twice as big the Pyramid of Khufu in Giza, Egypt
The space rock is now hurtling towards the Earth on a so-called “Earth Close Approach” trajectory.
NASA expects the asteroid to swing by our home planet in the wee morning hours of Wednesday, March 27.
According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the asteroid will pass Earth around 1.27am GMT (UTC). The JPL further estimates Asteroid EN measures somewhere in the range of 492ft to 1,115.5ft (150m to 340m) in diameter.
In other words, the asteroid could be as wide as 40 London double-decker buses lined up in a row. On the other hand, the asteroid might only be about as big as 37 Volkswagen Beetle cars.
NASA asteroid tracker: a large asteroid can dash past the planet on March twenty-seven
And if that was not terrifying enough, the asteroid is flying through the void of space at breakneck speeds of about 15.24km per second.
This translates to a velocity of 34,090.9mph or 54,864kph. Thankfully the odds of EN striking the Earth anytime soon are absolutely minimal.
“Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometres.”
Just one astronomical unit describes the average distance between the Sun and the Earth, which measures about 93 million miles (149.6 million km). Asteroid EN will drastically trim this distance to just 2.3 million miles (3.72 million km).
In more earthly terms, this is roughly 9.69 times as far as the Moon is from Earth – a measurement known as Lunar Distances (LD).