A ginorm asteroid is near Earth this week.
The asteroid is said to be 0.51 km in diameter – the same as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge – and will pass within 4,302,775 km from Earth.
It is also said to be at the same height as the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which is over 800 meters high.
NASA defines asteroids as “rocky, airless remnants dating back to the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago”
This particular asteroid was first discovered by scientists in New Mexico on November 29, 2000, and they have been tracking it ever since.
Asteroid 153201 2000 WO107 is expected to arrive near Earth on Sunday, November 29 at 10:09 GMT and is expected to go around 56,000 mph. Now try to strike those speeds, Lewis Hamilton.
It has been classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) as it comes within 1.3 astronomical miles of Earth, in addition to being christened as a potentially dangerous asteroid (PHA), according to spacereference.org.
It is also classified as an Apollo asteroid because it collides with the Earth’s orbit as it passes through space.
Despite being classified as a NEA – as well as being absolutely enormous – astronomers will unfortunately not be able to spot the asteroid 153201 2000 WO107 from Earth.
While it is said that there is no chance that the asteroid will actually hit our planet as it is classified as a NEA, NASA apparently still reports its national near-Earth object contingency strategy and action plan for a worst case scenario, reported Expressen.