A ENTIRE three asteroids will whizze past Earth tomorrow before the nail-biting pass of a rock the size of the Empire State Building next week.
According to Nasa, the trio of objects are moving at up to 9,000 miles per hour (14,400 km/h) – although they are expected to fly by at a safe distance.
The tallest of the sky passers-by, dubbed 2022 AG, is as long as a commercial airplane, figures released on the space agency’s Near Earth Object (NEO) Tracker Show.
This rock is expected to fly by at 6:30 p.m. on January 14th, while two smaller asteroids will make their approaches a little earlier.
Objects 2022 AA4 and 2022 AF5 – which are up to 28 and 16 meters long respectively – will fly past our planet at 1:48 a.m. and 4:46 p.m. on Friday.
Thousands of NEOs are being tracked by scientists to monitor if they are on a collision course with our planet.
Any fast-moving space object located 4.65 million miles away is considered “potentially dangerous” by cautious space organizations.
A small change in their trajectory could spell disaster for Earth.
Luckily, none of the three asteroids heading towards us on Friday should pose a threat to us.
The closest of them will fly by at a distance of 867,000 miles from Earth – a little less than four times the gap between our planet and the moon.
Astronomers are more concerned about an asteroid more than twice the size of the Empire State Building that will whip past our planet next week.
Asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) is estimated to be approximately 3,551 feet wide. Nasa is keeping a close eye on them before their approach on January 18.
It has been placed on the space agency’s list of “close approaches” but is said to fly by safely at a distance of more than a million miles.
Astronomers are currently tracking nearly 2,000 asteroids, comets, and other objects that threaten our light blue spot, and new ones are found every day.
Earth has not seen an asteroid of apocalyptic proportions since the space rock wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
However, smaller objects that can level an entire city do crash to earth every now and then.
A few hundred yards across devastated 800 square miles of forest near Tunguska in Siberia on June 30, 1908.
Luckily, NASA doesn’t think any of the NEOs it’s keeping an eye on are on a collision course with our planet.
That could change in the coming months or years, however, as the space agency keeps reviewing the objects’ predicted trajectories.
“NASA is not aware of any asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the likelihood of a major collision is quite low,” NASA says.
“In fact, as far as we can tell, no large object is likely to hit Earth for the next hundred years.”
Even if they did hit our planet, the vast majority of asteroids would not wipe out life as we know it.
According to NASA, “global catastrophes” are only triggered when objects larger than 900 meters hit the earth.
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