During this Christmas week, it’s been said that more asteroids will be passing our planet, but only one of them is pretty impressive in size.
There’s a massive asteroid that is set to pass our beloved planet today, December 26th.
The info was revealed by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS.)
Don’t freak out because there are no risks involved, and the space rock known as 310442 (2000 CH59) won’t hit.
The asteroid poses no risks for Earth
On the other hand, it’s important to note the fact that at the closest approach, the space rock will come within 4.5 million miles of our planet, or about 19 times the Earth-moon distance.
This close approach will take place on December 26 at 07:54 a.m. UTC, or 2:54 a.m. EST, CNEOS data reveals.
It’s been also revealed by Newsweek that this asteroid measures between 919 and 2.034 feet in diameter, and this makes it bigger in comparison to One World Trade Center in NYC. This is the tallest building in the US and it has a height of 1,776 feet.
The asteroid will pass us at 27,500 mph
According to the latest data, the asteroid will speed past the earth at about 27,500 miles per hour.
It’s been also revealed that the asteroid’s orbit around the sun is known very well by experts, and the predictions claim that there are no changes of an impact with Earth.
This space rock has been classed as a NEO, and it’s been also revealed that it’s one in 10 NEOs which will fly past our planet during this Christmas week, says NASA. But this space rock is by far the largest one of them, and the others are less than 460 feet in diameter.
Bennu asteroid was just mapped
The mapping is one step closer to finishing the preparation process for a future landing on the space rock.