An asteroid three times the size of the Empire State Building in New York City will pass near Earth in six days.
A new report revealed that the massive space rock, which is one kilometer wide, will fly past our planet on January 18 at a speed of more than 47,000 miles per hour.
An asteroid 140 meters in diameter or larger could be devastating if it hit Earth — releasing the energy of more than 1,000 atomic bombs, according to NASA.
According to The Independent, this will be the closest asteroid expected to reach Earth in the next two centuries, but it will not be close enough to cause major concern.
Although the asteroid is classified as a near-Earth object, which represents any asteroid or comet approaching 1.3 “AU” astronomical units, the asteroid will be 1.2 million miles from our planet. This is five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Currently, NASA monitors about 25,000 near-Earth objects, and adds approximately 30 new ones each week.
Since the start of the new year, some asteroids have crisscrossed Earth, including one larger than Big Ben, which walked harmlessly by January 11. Five more asteroids passed during the first week of 2022.
NASA is preparing for an impact that could eliminate a large amount of life on Earth, for the most dangerous objects. In May 2021 she concluded that disaster was unavoidable, even if given six months to prepare.
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