Asteroid Twice the Size of Earth’s Largest Building Passing By this Sunday
There is no threat of a collision with our planet now or for centuries to come, NASA said.
An Asteroid twice the size of earth's largest building will be passing by earth at its closest point this Sunday. The asteroid, which analysis suggests is 440 to 680 metres wide, will not come this close to Earth again until 2052.
Despite the asteroid passing by at a projected 1.25 million miles away (five times further away than the moon), NASA has marked this asteroid as a 'potentially hazardous' object. Were a rock of this size to hit earth, it would do a tremendous amount of damage.
Fortunately, NASA doesn't anticipate this giant space rock being a threat for quite sometime, as there are currently no asteroids that pose a significant risk to life on Earth for at least the next century, according to NASA, with just one having a 0.2 per cent chance of hitting the planet in 2185.
The asteroid is large enough to where you may be able to see it if you have a telescope with an aperture of at least eight inches. However, it may be difficult to see from the northern hemisphere, as it will be making its pass to the southern sky.