An enormous asteroid that is about the size of the Statue of Liberty will fly past Earth on Saturday. The huge object is among a coupling of six space rockets that will rush past our planet this weekend.
The largest of half a dozen space visitors is called the 2020 JX and measures up to 100 feet in diameter, which makes it about the same size as the icon of Liberty Island in New York.
NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) tracks the flying piece of space material if it poses any danger to our planet. Thankfully, its calculations calculate that the space blocks will surely pass at a rate of nearly 18,000 miles per hour around 19:00 GMT.
The US Space Agency has classified the 2020 JX as an Apollo asteroid, the same classification as the meteor that injured hundreds of people when it exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013.
It has also been referred to as a “Near Earth Object”, which NASA uses to describe “Comets and asteroids that have been dropped by the nearby planet near planets to orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood.”
The Asteroid 2020 JX is the largest of four spacecraft to fly near Earth on Saturday. Two more asteroids will sail past on Sunday and NASA says all six will pass at a safe distance. The nearest visitor will be approximately 900,000 miles from the Earth at its closest.
Astronomers are currently monitoring nearly 2,000 asteroids, comets and other objects that could pose a threat to the Earth. But experts have also warned that undetected asteroids could also pose a threat to our planet.
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