NASA reported that six asteroids will pass close to Earth this week and that one of them is of considerable size. This stellar object is almost 400 meters wide and if it were to deviate from its orbit it could be considered dangerous, as it exceeds its size similar to that of the Empire State Building in New York.
NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) warned that the first asteroid to enter the planet’s vicinity is called the 2020 FF. It is the smallest of the group, has an estimated diameter of about 26 meters and currently travels through space at a speed of almost 21 thousand kilometers per hour.
The second asteroid to arrive this week is known as 2020 FB, it measures approximately 54 meters wide and is approaching Earth this Wednesday, March 25 with a speed of more than 16 thousand kilometers per hour.
After this is another identified as 2020 FP. The experts detailed that this asteroid crosses the Solar System at a speed of almost 34 thousand kilometers per hour. It has an estimated diameter of about 39 meters. It is expected to visit the vicinity of Earth on March 26. It will fly beyond the planet from a distance of 0.03765 astronomical units or about 5.6 million km away.
The next space rock to pass the planet is a potentially dangerous asteroid known as 2012 XA133. This asteroid is approximately 390 meters wide, which means it can cause a huge impact on Earth if it collides with the planet. This massive asteroid will approach on March 26 at a speed of nearly 85,000 miles per hour. During this time, it will be approximately 0.04453 astronomical units from the center of the planet.
Near this rock is another called 2020 FE2, which has an estimated diameter of 45 meters and moves towards Earth at a speed of almost 26 thousand kilometers per hour. It is expected to pass close to the planet on March 28, from the distance of 0.01158 astronomical units or approximately 1.6 million km away.
The last asteroid in this group to approach Earth will do so on March 29. This is the so-called 2010 GD35, which measures 71 meters wide and will enter the vicinity of the planet at a speed of almost 44 thousand kilometers per hour. The rock will be approximately 0.03908 astronomical units from the center of the Earth, which is equivalent to approximately 5.7 million kilometers away.
Most of these rocks pass far enough from Earth to cause damage but close enough, astronomically speaking, to be alert, the IB Times news site reported.