Three asteroids namely '2019 OD', '2015 HM10' and '2019 OE' may hit the blue planet on July 24 but there is no reason to panic as one of the asteroid 2019 OD to move past our Earth at a distance of 219,375 miles. The distance may look too far away but it is fairly close in astronomical terms. We have listed down the timings of the approaching asteroids below.
Asteroid 2019 OD
Asteroid 2019 OD is an Apollo-type Near-Earth Object or NEO. According to the NASA, asteroid 2019 OD will fly past the Earth on Wednesday afternoon from 219,375 miles away. That figure may seem pretty high but in terms of flying space objects that approach Earth it is a fairly close distance.
Asteroid 2019 OD was spotted just three weeks ago. NASA’s asteroid trackers estimate the space rock will close in on Earth around 7:01 pm (IST) on Wednesday. The giant asteroid will come hurtling by closer than the Moon, but it won’t hit the Earth.
Asteroid 2015 HM10
Asteroid 2015 HM10, which is a second largest asteroid and could be up to 361 feet wide, will also approach towards the Earth on Wednesday. It is travelling at 21,240 miles per hour but will be just under three million miles away when it passes our planet at around 7:00 pm (IST).
Asteroid 2019 OE
The third and final asteroid to approach Earth on Wednesday will be 2019 OE, which will be 597,706 miles away. It will be travelling the slowest out of this group of space rocks with a speed of 20,160 miles per hour and is the smallest as its largest possible size is predicted at 171 metres wide. It will whiz past the Earth at around 8:05 pm (IST).