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NASA: Asteroid bigger than five double-decker buses to pass by Earth

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Another asteroid is coming in within the vicinity of the Earth. NASA says that an asteroid larger than five double-decker buses is going to pass by the planet.

Many asteroids have been spotted passing by the planet this year alone. Other asteroids that have been spotted have been predicted by many to pass by the Earth next year as well as the years after that given the rate that they are traveling. Express reports that the space agency has tracked a large asteroid that will have a close encounter with the Earth tomorrow. NASA has identified the asteroid 2019 WR3 as a Near-Earth Object or NEO, therefore allowing it for further study.

WR3 is estimated to be 97 meters long, which makes the asteroid longer than five double-decker buses that are parked back to back. WR3 is also spotted to be hurtling towards the Earth’s orbit at 16, 777 miles per hour. NASA predicted that the asteroid would be passing by within 0.037 astronomical units of Earth, which is 5, 535, 121 kilometers.

On the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory website, NASA stated that NEOs are asteroids and comets that have been “nudged” by the gravitational pull of nearby planets into the orbits that let them enter the vicinity of the Earth.

“The scientific interest in comets and asteroids is due largely to their status as the relatively unchanged remnant debris from the solar system formation process some 4.6 billion years ago. The giant outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), formed from an agglomeration of billions of comets and the leftover bits and pieces from this formation process are the comets we see today.”

According to senior research capitalist from the NASA funded Catalina Sky Survey, Greg Leonard, he stated that the chances of getting killed by an asteroid impact are less likely compared to getting struck by lightning. However, he also went on to say, “But I also know that if we do nothing, sooner or later, there’s a one hundred percent chance that one will get us. So I feel privileged to be doing something.”

But Bryan Walsh, author of the book End Times, stated “Intelligence-gathering alone won’t keep Earth safe. As Leonard said, given enough time, a large Near-Earth Object will go on a collision course with our planet.”

By Denise Nequinto
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