An asteroid slightly shorter than the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, is said to fly harmlessly past Earth next month Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). According to a report compiled by Planetary.org in 2018, there are more than 18,000 NEOs.
The 2000 QW7 is massive and is estimated at 290-650 feet, making it significantly larger than the Empire State Building and Washington Monument.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest skyscraper in the world, measuring 2717 feet. The construction of the building began in 2004 and was completed in 2009.
ASTEROID SIZE OF THE EMPIRE STATE IS ALREADY FLYING NEXT NEXT WEEK Speed at 14,361 miles per hour and will pass within 0.03564 astronomical units of our planet or approximately 3.3 million miles.
The space rock is known as Near-Earth Object (NEO), and "potentially dangerous" NEOs are defined as space objects. The next time it passes Earth, October 19 will be 2038, according to information from NASA JPL.
NASA has been preparing for years for planetary defense against asteroid attacks. A recent survey found that Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid effects rather than sending people back to the Moon or Mars.
In 2016, NASA formalized the agency's previous program to detect and prosecute NEOs and incorporated into their science mission headquarters.
Last June, NASA unveiled a 20-page plan outlining the steps that the US should take to better prepare for NEOs – such as asteroids and comets – that are within 30 Millions of miles around the planet.
In addition to improving the detection, tracking, and characterization of NEOs and improving model prediction, the plan will also develop technologies to divert NEOs, enhance international cooperation, and establish new emergency procedures and action protocols for NEO impacts. Separately in April, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said an asteroid attack is not reckless and perhaps the biggest threat on Earth. 19659003] "We need to make sure that people understand that it's not Hollywood, it's not about movies," Bridenstine said at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference of the International Academy of Astronautics in College Park, Md., Laut Space.com. "Ultimately, it's about protecting the only planet we know to harbor life, and that's the planet Earth."