Asteroid ‘bigger than Burj Khalifa’ set to cross Earth’s orbit at 26,000mph

NASA’s Centre For Near Earth Objects Studies (CNEOS) monitoring asteroid 2001 CB21 – and it’s predicated to move by Earth on 4 March 2022.

NASA’s CNEOS retains monitor of objects thought of shut method to Earth, and the subsequent giant asteroid is predicted to shoot in the direction of Earth’s orbit tomorrow (4 March).

How giant are we speaking? Bigger than the world’s tallest constructing, the Burj Khalifa.

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What time will or not it’s shut method?

Named 138971 (2001 CB21), the asteroid is predicted to shoot by at round 7:59am on Friday.

It’s classed as an Apollo asteroid, the title given to rock objects whose orbit crosses the Earth’s orbit.

Don’t fear as a result of regardless of the asteroid being outline “close approach”, NASA has clarified {that a} “close passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometers”, so nothing will really are available contact with Earth – it’s not a Don’t Look Up second.

With a diameter of 560 m – 1.2 km, it’s bigger than the Burj Khalifa, which stands at 828m.

The V Infinity determine is set at 12.01 km/s – in less complicated phrases, which means the rock is hurling previous Earth at 26865.605mph.

There’s more than one asteroid in March 2022

During this month, there are 27 recorded space objects – including comets. Most days, there’s more than one passing close to Earth, but usually, they’re not large or close enough to be of concern.

Overall, astronomers have identified over 27,000 rocks to date.

While the majority of the upcoming asteroids were discovered in 2022, space rock CB21 has been on the radar for over 20 years, having been identified on 2 February 2001 in Socorro, Mexico, hence the name 138971 (2001 CB21).

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There’s presently no asteroids giant sufficient to pose important risk to our planet, and there’s reportedly zero predicted to collide within the close to future.

NASA claims that solely asteroids with diameters over 402m would trigger a world disaster, leading to an impression that will “raise enough dust to create a nuclear winter”, thus disrupting agriculture. However, such a threatening case happens solely as soon as each 1,000 centuries.

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