Asteroid 2019 WB7 To Zip Past Earth Today At THIS Time (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)
An asteroid dubbed as 2019 WB7 will come dangerously close to Earth on Monday night at around 9.10 PM (IST). Fortunately, the space rock will zip past the Earth. Relax, we are safe. Measuring somewhere between 105-feet to 236-feet in diameter, the space rock will be flying some 669,600 miles from the planet’s surface.
According to a report of inquisitr.com, asteroid 2019 WB7 is an Aten asteroid i.e. a class of space rocks that can not only approach Earth but also cross the planet’s orbit, spending most of their time inside Earth’s orbit. Asteroid 2019 WB7 is a frequent traveller and circles the sun once every 264 days, often passing by Earth and Venus. The space rock was discovered on November 28.
On December 26, asteroid CH59 will come astronomically close to Earth. Measuring somewhere around 2,000 feet, asteroid CH59 is hurtling towards Earth at the speed of 27,450mph. The space rock will come dangerously close to Earth at around 7.54 AM (GMT) of December 26, 2019. During its closest approach, asteroid CH59 will approach the planet from a distance of about 0.04874 astronomical units (au). Asteroid CH59 is comparable in size to China’s Canton Tower and The Sears Tower in Chicago, US.
Asteroids, if hit Earth, can bring tsunamis, shock waves and flattening winds that could be catastrophic. The space rocks approach towards the Earth due to the gravitational forces that affect them. It is said that one day all life on the Earth will be extinct. Not only life, but the Earth will also extinct someday and an asteroid could be the possible reason. Shocked to hear that? However, a car-sized asteroid slams into the Earth's atmosphere about once in a year. On the other hand, an asteroid large enough to threaten the existence of life on Earth arrives once every few million.