Four Asteroids Are About to Pass Earth TodayVignesh Subbaian (Author) Published Date : Dec 09, 2019 11:34 IST
Four unusual visitors may come to Earth today from space confirms NASA: Four asteroids with high speeds to fly past the Earth, today, December 9, 2019, says NASA. Three will be approximately the size of a plane and one that of a bus. One by one, these unusual visitors will fly past within short time gaps. NASA, with the help of the data from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA's JPL), has confirmed it. If even one of the four asteroids hit the Earth, a city could be burnt and buried.
The race to Earth by the four asteroids begins today at 1:07 AM when 2019 WO2 asteroid is coming at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour. It is 174 feet wide and set to fly past Earth at 1:47 AM EST at a distance of 1.1 million miles or 0.01212 astronomical units away from Earth.
After four hours, from the crossing of the first one, the second asteroid to at 5:05 AM EST is named 2019 XB by CNEOS or the Center for Near-Earth Object studies. 2019 XB asteroid is of the size between 30 to 40 meters or with a diameter of 361 feet is coming at a speed of only 18,000 miles per hour. It will fly past the Earth at a whisker of a second from a distance of 0.04441 astronomical units or 4.1 million miles away.
The next in the race after 2019 XB is with more speed at 25,000 miles per hour named 2019 WT3 and is 220 feet wide. It comes three hours later at 8:19 AM EST. It will fly past Earth at 2.3 million miles away from the Earth's center, which is about 0.02513 astronomical units.
The last and the least in a sized asteroid, which is only 8.7 meters width named 2019 XY, is the one which flies past closest to the Earth. At 21:45 EST, it will fly past only a mere million kilometers away from the planet. But the distance is three times farther than the moon. Hence today, all can heave a sigh of relief for not being hit by any of the four asteroids at monstrous speeds.