NASA's asteroid tracking system has detected three space rocks currently heading toward Earth. One of the incoming space rocks will approach Earth from a very dangerous distance.
According to the NASA Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the first asteroid to visit the planet's neighborhood this weekend is called 2019 TK5. This asteroid is currently moving at a speed of nearly 21,000 miles per hour. It has an estimated diameter of about 62 feet.
CNEOS determined that 2019 TK5 will pass Earth on October 19th at 3:25 EDT. During its approach, the asteroid will be only about 0.00640 astronomical units or about 595,000 miles from the planet, which is about twice the distance between Earth and the Moon.
While this may seem like a safe distance, a small impetus in outer space could easily put the 201
2019 TK5 follows an asteroid called 2019 TG7. According to CNEOS, this asteroid is currently moving to Earth at an average speed of almost 27,000 km / h. The agency estimates that the asteroid is about 30 feet wide.
2019 TG7 is expected to fly over Earth at 06:40 EDT on October 19th. Unlike 2019 TK5, in 2019 TG7 is approaching Earth from a safe distance. As the CNEOS database indicates, the asteroid will be about 0.04304 astronomical units or about 4 million miles from Earth during its approach.
The last asteroid to enter near Earth this weekend is 2018 SJ8. This asteroid is currently moving at a speed of around 27,000 km / h. It has an estimated diameter of about 250 meters, making it the largest asteroid to visit Earth's neighborhood this weekend.
According to CNEOS, the SJ8 2019 will pass Earth at 19:44 EDT on 19 October. During this time, the asteroid will be about 0.02967 astronomical units or about 2.8 million miles from the center of the planet.