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Asteroid The Size Of Golden Gate Bridge Heading Towards Earth At 56,000mph

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 22 Nov 2020 18:07
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A ginormous asteroid is set to be in close proximity with Earth this week.

The asteroid is said to be 0.51km in diameter – the same as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge – and will pass within 4,302,775 km of Earth.

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It’s also said to be the same height as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa of Dubai, which is over 800m high.

NASA defines asteroids as, ‘rocky, airless remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago’ and states that there’s approximately 1,031,488 of them to date.

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This particular asteroid was first discovered by scientists in New Mexico on November 29, 2000, and they have been tracking it ever since.

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Asteroid 153201 2000 WO107 is expected to come near Earth on Sunday, November 29, at 10:09 GMT and is predicted to be going around 56,000mph. Now try hitting those speeds, Lewis Hamilton.

It has been classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) as it will come within 1.3 astronomical miles of Earth, in addition to being dubbed as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), according to spacereference.org

It’s also classed as an Apollo asteroid because it will collide with Earth’s orbit as it passes through space.

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Despite it being classed as an NEA – as well as it being absolutely huge – astronomers unfortunately won’t be able to spot asteroid 153201 2000 WO107 from Earth.

While it’s said that there’s zero chance of the asteroid actually hitting our planet, as it’s classed as an NEA, NASA apparently still enforce its National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan for a worst case scenario, The Express reports.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Science, Asteroid, Astronomy, Earth, NASA, Now, Space

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  1. The Express

    NASA asteroid tracker: Space agency reveals 2,700FT space rock to make near-Earth approach

  2. spacereference.org

    153201 (2000 WO107)