The fast asteroid, which is being synchronized by NASA's asteroid CO1 from 2010, is moving on a "close approach path" towards Earth. The asteroid was also called "potentially dangerous" and can do far-reaching damage if it hits a populated area. NASA's asteroid tracking systems expect the space rock to appear near our home planet on Saturday, September 14th.
NASA counts potentially dangerous asteroids (PHAs) as space rocks over 150 meters wide.
The asteroids must also approach Earth to arouse the interest of NASA pursuers.
The US Space Agency said, "A relatively small number of near-earth objects are moving close enough to the earth and are large enough to warrant close observation.
"That's because the gravitational drag of the planets over time can cause the orbit of an object to develop into an earth-crossing orbit."
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These parameters, NASA said, allow for the possibility of a catastrophic impact at a later date.
And in this particular case, asteroid CO1 is the description.
NASA appreciates the space Rock measures anywhere in the range of 393.7 feet to 853 feet (120 meters to 260 meters) in diameter.
At 393.7ft, the asteroid is almost as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
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At the top end of the NASA estimate, the asteroid is comparable in size to 30 London double-decker buses lined up one behind the other.
The asteroid flies through space at a speed of 32,122 km / h or 14.36 km / h.
But how close is the asteroid on Saturday Earth?
Fortunately, NASA's orbital projections show that the asteroid will fail us by 0.03561 astronomical units.
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A single unit of asteroid equals the distance from Earth to the Sun – approximately 93 million miles (149.6 million km).
In other words, the asteroid shoots away from a safe distance of 5.3 million km (3.3 million miles).
The distance is almost 14 times the moon.
As soon as it passes by, NASA said the space rock will approach Earth again on September 16, 2020.
Quick facts about asteroids:
1. Most asteroids orbiting the Sun are located on the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
2. An asteroid impact 66 million years ago is said to have triggered the mass extinction of dinosaurs.
3. Asteroids are the remnants of the early solar system as the planets and moons formed.
4. Some asteroids are big enough to have their own miniature moons.
5. Asteroids are typically classified according to their composition: metallic, siliceous and carbonaceous.