The National aeronautics and space Administration (NASA) has issued a warning related to 2 giant-sized asteroids which will zoom past Earth on Sunday, November 25. One of the asteroids named ‘2009 WB105’ is expected to indicate up at around 12.14 PM GMT.
The asteroid in question is believed to measure somewhere around fifty three meters to a hundred and twenty meters in diameter, that can be as large as an Olympic swimming pool, and if it’s of a hundred and twenty meters in diameter, it can be much larger than football grounds.
It’ll come as close as fifteen satellite distances, that is 15-times the distance from the earth to the Moon (or about 3.7 million miles), according IBTimes.
The smaller asteroid can approach the earth at eight lunar distances, or nearly two million miles. it’ll fly by our planet just 5 hours after the WB150 does.
Although there’s no danger of the asteroids hit the earth, the US space agency will be keenly observing its trajectory because it is a near Earth Object (NEO). according to NASA, any space bodies like asteroid or comet on an orbital path around the Sun of around 1.3 AU or 120.8 million miles are considered a close to Earth Object.
Notably, one Astronomical Unit equals about 92.95 million miles, that is the distance between the earth and the Sun.
However, if an neo travels too close to Earth and is large enough to cause significant damages to the earth, then it’s termed as potentially hazardous Asteroid (PHA).
Last week, on November 20, 2018, 2 other asteroids measuring twelve meters to thirty five meters in diameter made its close approach. it’s expected a total of nineteen near-Earth objects will pass the earth before January ninth alone.
Thankfully, no asteroids area unit expected to come within one lunar distance in the next 9 years.