It’s been just revealed that NASA’s asteroid tracking system is monitoring a space rock that’s the size of a building, and that’s expected to approach our planet this month.
According to the latest data collected by NASA, this asteroid is big enough, and it’s moving fast enough to cause a massive impact on the planet IF it were to hit us. But as we’ve reported various times before, chances that Earth gets hit by an asteroid are close to zero.
We have enough tragedy going on here on Earth these days with the coronavirus pandemic, which literally put our lives on hold for a couple of months now.
Ibtimes revealed that this space rock that’s racing towards our planet was detected by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).
The asteroid was identified as 363599 (2004 FG11), and it’s been revealed that the space rock has an estimated diameter of about 1,248 feet. In other words, so that you can get a better image in your head about this racing space rock, well, it’s as big as the Empire State Building.
CNEOS revealed that the asteroid is moving across space and traveling towards Earth at an incredible speed of almost 55,000 MpH.
The space rock is an Apollo asteroid
It’s also worth noting the fact that this space rock is classified as an Apollo asteroid and this means that the space rock is following a natural orbit that is crossing earth’s path as it’s completing the cycle around the Sun.
“Potentially hazardous asteroids are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth,” NASA stated about this kind of space rocks.
“Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance of 0.05 [astronomical units] or less and an absolute magnitude of 22.0 or less are considered [potentially hazardous asteroid].”