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Asteroid As Big As Burj Khalifa Approaching Towards Earth At Speed Of 23,112 KPH

An Astronomical Unit Is The Distance From Earth To The Sun, Or 149.6 Million Km.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Raghwendra Shukla | Updated on: 13 Sep 2019, 07:27:04 AM
The space rock, measuring between 290 and 650 metres, is larger than The Shard in London.

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An asteroid called 2000 QW7, almost as big as the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, is approaching towards the Earth. The space rock is likely to pass the planet at a speed of 23,112 kilometres per hour (KPH) this weekend. According to reports, it will zip past our planet on September 14.

The space rock, measuring between 290 and 650 metres, is larger than The Shard in London. Currently, the NASA's Centre for Near Earth Object Studies is monitoring its activities.

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Reports, however, suggest that 2000 QW7 will not be a danger to the Earth as the asteroid will pass within 0.03564 astronomical units of the Earth - or 5.3 million km away from the surface.

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Space materials are considered near-Earth objects if they pass within 1.3 astronomical units of Earth. An astronomical unit is the distance from Earth to the sun, or 149.6 million km.

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Meanwhile, a supermassive asteroid named as 162082 (1998 HL1) is approaching towards the Earth at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour. According to the NASA, the approaching space rock has an estimated diameter of about 3,248 feet and the asteroid can easily wipe out an entire city.

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Yes, you read it right. At least three times bigger than the Eiffel Tower, asteroid 162082 (1998 HL1) will come very close to our planet on October 25, 2019. However, asteroid 1998 HL1 will not hit the Earth as it will zoom past our planet and we are fully safe. It is to be noted that asteroids, if hit Earth, can bring tsunamis, shock waves and flattening winds that could be catastrophic.

It is worth mentioning here that in recent times, many giant asteroids including 2019 OK, 2019 OD, 2015 HM10, 2019 OE, 2019 NN3, 2019 MB4, 2019 MT2, 2006 QV89, 2016 NO56M, RF12 and others approached towards the Earth, fortunately did not hit our planet. It is said that Earth will reach to its end one day and one of the possible reason for this could be an asteroid.

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First Published : 12 Sep 2019, 10:08:35 PM

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