The US space agency warns of a salvo of space rocks pointing towards the Earth, ranging in size from 10 meters in diameter to positively petrified 213.
When not paying close attention to its Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars this week, NASA is busy monitoring the sky for potential threats to life on Earth – namely asteroids. And this week is no exception, as five such space rocks should be buzzing on a planet we call home.
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On Sunday, the 10-meter asteroid 2021 DD1 and the 61-meter 2021 DK1 will shoot next to the Earth at a safe distance of 1.6 million kilometers and six million kilometers, respectively.
However, they are only an act of warming up for what NASA describes as “Stadium sizes” asteroid 2020 XU6, whose diameter is about 213 meters. To put it in perspective, it is twice as tall as London’s Big Ben and two and a half times larger than the Statue of Liberty.
In 2020, the XU6 travels at a speed of 8.4 kilometers per second or 30,240 kilometers per hour. Given that the circumference of the Earth is 40,075 kilometers, it would take the asteroid a little over an hour to complete the orbit of the entire planet.
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However, it is mercifully expected that we will miss the space rock approximately four million kilometers when it flies on February 22, so that humanity can breathe a sigh of relief for now.
The huge space rock will be followed shortly after 2020 by BV9 (23 meters), which will pass at a distance of 5.6 million kilometers, and 2021. CC5 (40 meters), which will pass at approximately 6.9 million kilometers.
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