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NASA: 427-feet asteroid to skim Earth today
Many asteroids have been able to pass by Earth over the years, some getting a little closer than others. The latest asteroid that is reported by NASA to pass by the planet is going to do so today.
NASA’s asteroid trackers have spotted an asteroid that is bound for our planet’s orbit, and the space agency predicted that it will skim by Earth on Sunday. The asteroid, now referred to as VH5 2019, measures 427-feet in size, equivalent to the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. VH5 will skim by the planet’s orbit in the early hours of the morning, traveling at a speed of 22,000 miles per hour. Fortunately, no impact is going to be made as the asteroid will pass by from a distance of 4.27 million miles from the atmosphere.
VH5 is just one of the five space rocks that will make a close encounter with Earth over the weekend. None of these asteroids will make a dangerous approach, which is good news for everyone. This would be the first time VH5 was seen again since it was first spotted skimming past the Earth back in 1983. Back then during its first sighting, it skimmed at 3.9 million miles from the surface of the Earth.
NASA predicts that the asteroid should pass by Mars in 2020, and return to pass by the Earth by 2021, 2026 and 2028.
Meanwhile, The Sun previously reported about the possibility of a nuclear winter due to the many asteroids that are passing by the planet. NASA is well underway of developing and testing potential defenses against asteroids that may come in unannounced. This is due to the space agency’s spotting of a dangerous asteroid referred to as Didymos that is expected to skim by Earth by 2123.
In partnership with the European Space Agency or ESA, NASA calls this mission the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment. Their objective is to hit part of the asteroid away using another spacecraft. They are well under way in developing the Double Asteroid Impact Test spacecraft to use in their mission. This mission is to be executed by July 2021 with the impact taking place in the later part of 2022.