NASA asteroid WARNING: Giant asteroid will pass Earth CLOSER THAN MOON tomorrow

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A GIANT asteroid larger than a double-decker bus will come closer to the Earth than the Moon does, space agency NASA has warned.

The imposing space rock dubbed Asteroid VX1 will make its closest possible approach to Earth on Saturday evening, November 10.

NASA asteroid warning: A giant asteroid will approach Earth closer than the Moon tomorrow (Image: GETTY)

 NASA asteroid warning: Giant space rock over Earth

Asteroid trackers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, expect Asteroid VX1 to swing by around 6.20pm GMT (UTC). At its closest, the asteroid will zip by from a distance of 0.99 Lunar Distances (LD) or just 237,037 miles (381,474 km) from Earth.

The distance is the equivalent of 0.00255 astronomical units (au), where one au is the distance from the Earth to the Sun or about 93 million miles (149.59 million km). The incredibly close brush with the asteroid qualifies it for the title of a Close Earth Approach by a so-called Near Earth Object (NEO).

Close Earth Approaches are tracked by NASA’s Centre for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) and the JPL at the California Institute of Technology.

The space agency said: “As they orbit the Sun, NEOs can occasionally approach close to Earth. Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometers. CNEOS software detects predicted Earth close approaches for all known NEOs, in both the past and the future, and tabulates the close approach data organized by time.”

NEOs are all comets and asteroids on trajectories which bring them incredibly close to our home planet. Most of these interstellar objects are nudged towards Earth by the gravitational attraction of other nearby planets.

Although most of these space rocks are harmless, NASA keeps a watchful eye on their orbits in the event one is headed directly for Earth. Courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, you can watch the safe passage of Asteroid VX1 live online tomorrow evening.

Gianluca Masi, head of the Virtual Telescope Project, said: “At Virtual Telescope we will show it live, online, next November 10, 2018, starting at 6pm UTC, to cover the moment of its minimum distance from us.”

Click here to read more about how to watch the asteroid’s flyby from the comfort of your home.

Asteroid VX1 is estimated to measure somewhere between 25.9ft and 59ft (7.9m and 18m) in diameter.

 NASA asteroid warning: Giant space rock over Earth

NASA asteroid warning: The Virtual Telescope Project will stream the space rock live online (Image: GETTY)

NASA asteroid warning: Giant space rock over Earth

NASA asteroid warning: The asteroid will safely zip pas the Earth without risk of striking (Image: GETTY)

The space rock could be almost twice as long as a double-decker bus or just slightly taller than a giraffe. Astronomers first picked it up on November 4 at the Mt Lemmon Survey observatory in northeast Tucson, Arizona.

NASA has since calculated its trajectory around the solar system and has found the space rock will make more Close Earth Approaches on October 28 in 2026, October 17 in 2034, March 25 in 2035 and October 8 in 2042.

The asteroid is barreling through space at speeds of around 13,555mph or 6.06km per second.

Comments

  1. just blow the thing up, it will be good practice for a bigger one in the future

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    1. So instead of one, now there are dozens if not hundreds?

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    2. size of a giraffe or double-decker bus; yes, I believe blowing it up will not amount to a big deal of these "hundreds" of baseball size rocks, LOL

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    3. launch rocket, land, redirect to sun.

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  2. But what about all those little green men?

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  3. If it could be hit with a deep penetrating warhead AFTER it passes Earth, then it could be shattered and scattered. Yes, multiple smaller piecess will remain in some orbit and MIGHT come back in a few years and bite us, but the threat would be somewhat mitigated and we earthlings would gain valuable experience.

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  4. Guys... Armageddon is bullshit. Movies are bullsht ok. Earth is designed to NOT let anything in.... natural at least. Nothing will collide with Earth EVER because it will either disintegrate or slingshotted away. An asteroid did NOT collide and killed off Dinosaurs. That is all bullshit!

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    1. So those meteor creators I have visited in various parts of the world are what?........ landform depressions? Turn off the electronic devices and put on some hiking shoes brother!

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  5. why is it a "WARNING" if its known that its not going to hit us? this is like those messages you get in event viewer on a computer saying "WARNING" something almost failed

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