Saturday, 5 Dec 2020

Asteroid ‘size of the Burj Khalifa’ set to collide with Earth’s orbit next week

NASA is tracking an enormous asteroid which could be as big as the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Asteroid 153201 (2000 WO107) has the potential to reach similar heights and could be every bit as tall as the famous skyscraper, which pierces the sky at a staggering 829.8 metres high.

The building, found in the United Arab Emirates city has been the world' tallest since 2009, when it took the title from the Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

Now, Nasa's Center for Near Earth Object Studies is tracking the rock, which is estimated to fly by Earth on November 29.

The giant asteroid is expected to be anywhere between 370m and 820m, which is the equivalent of 1,213 and 2,690 feet.

NASA predicts the asteroid to be travelling at 56,000 miles per hour when it zips past Earth.

Keen sky-watchers won’t be able to see the giant space rock from our planet, but it is expected to pass at 05.09 Eastern Standard Time, which is 10.09am Greenwich Mean Time.

The space agency classes the rock as a Near Earth Object, which is an asteroid or comet that comes within 1.3 astronomical miles of Earth.

This may sound close, but in reality, asteroid 153201 is 0.02876 astronomical units from the planet, which is 2,673,409 Earth miles.

Asteroid 153201 is also classed as an Apollo asteroid, which is an asteroid that will collide with Earth's orbit as it passes through space.

It isn't expected to hit Earth, but NASA's National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan has previously warned asteroids up to 1km in diameter can initiative a chain of devastating events.

Earth hasn't seen an asteroid of apocalyptic scale since the space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs over 66million years ago.

Astronomers are currently tracking nearly 2,000 asteroids, comets and other objects that threaten our planet.

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