The huge asteroid, called 2019 LA Asteroid, is larger than the Big Ben clock tower and is flying straight in our general direction. The space rock discovered on May 26 this year is expected to miss our planet this evening (Friday, June 7). According to NASA, space rock is racing through the void at a speed of 22.28 km / s. At these breakneck speeds, the asteroid approaches Earth at 9:40 pm BST or 4:40 pm Eastern time.
The Asteroid LA is a rocky Apollo-type object with an orbit similar to that of the 1862 Apollo asteroid.
Bring it to Earth tonight for the first and probably last time in the foreseeable future.
Because of this approach, NASA's asteroid trackers at the California Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) 201
NEOs are all comets and asteroids orbiting the sun from a distance of 120.8 million miles (194.5 million km).
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Occasionally, NEOs intersect with the Sun's orbit, and when they get close enough they fly past a so-called near-Earth approach orbit.
NASA stated, "As they circle the sun, they approach the earth. Objects may occasionally approach Earth.
"Note that a & # 39; cl An astronomical passage can be very distant humanly: millions or even tens of millions of miles.
And to complicate matters further, the rogue space rock is as long as six London double-decker buses in a row one row.
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According to NASA, the asteroid LA measures a diameter between 50 m and 110 m. 19659002] Such a large object would tower above the Statue of Liberty in New York, bringing together 75 queen-size beds in a row.
If the asteroid hit the earth tonight, he would probably obliterate a city and its inhabitants.
Even towards the end of the NASA estimate, the rock would be large enough to cause widespread damage.
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Fortunately, there's no need to panic as the asteroid is ex
NASA estimates that space rock will miss us tonight by about 0.03555 astronomical units.
An astronomical unit equals the distance between Earth and Sun or 93 million miles (149.6 million km).
This means that Asteroid LA is flying over our home planet tonight from a distance of 3.3 million miles (5.3 million km).