An enormous asteroid that’s roughly the scale of the Statue of Liberty is set to fly past Earth on Saturday. The monumental object is amongst a clutch of six space rocks that can whizz past our planet this weekend.
The largest of the half-dozen space guests is dubbed 2020 JX and it measures up to 100 meters in diameter, making it across the identical measurement as the icon on Liberty island in New York.
NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) is monitoring the flying chunk of space materials in case it poses any hazard to our planet. Thankfully, its calculations forecast that the space boulder will safely go by at a pace of almost 18,00zero miles per hour at round 19:00 GMT.
The US Space Administration has categorised 2020 JX as an Apollo asteroid, the identical classification as the meteor that injured a whole bunch of individuals when it exploded over the Russian metropolis of Chelyabinsk in 2013.
It has additionally been designated as a ‘Near Earth Object,’ the time period NASA makes use of to describe “comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood.”
Asteroid 2020 JX is the biggest of 4 space rocks that can fly close to Earth on Saturday. Two extra asteroids will sail past on Sunday and NASA says that every one six will go at a protected distance. The closest customer will likely be round 900,00zero miles from Earth at its closest level.
Astronomers are at present monitoring almost 2,00zero asteroids, comets and different objects that might be a hazard to Earth. However, specialists have additionally warned that undetected asteroids may additionally pose a menace to our planet.
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