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A Giant Space Rock Will Pass Over Earth at 15,100 MPH

NASA warned that a space rock will pass through space at more than 15,100mph (24,300kmh) that will shoot past the Earth after midnight tonight.

NASA guesses that the asteroid will zip by Earth in the wee morning hours of Wednesday, May 15. At its closest, the space rock will approach the Earth around 3.15am BST (2.15am UTC).

That means that when it has happened, the asteroid will reach terrifying speeds of around 6.77km per second or 15,144mph (24,372kmh).

The asteroid name is “Near-Earth Object” or NEO asteroid.These rocky objects hurtle around the inner circles of the solar system without flying past the Asteroid Belt in-between Mars and Jupiter.

According to NASA “NEOs include asteroids and comets that orbit our Sun and come within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit, where some may pose an impact hazard to our planet. NASA experts will talk about the agency’s first mission to demonstrate a technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space and other aspects of the nation’s planetary defense program.”

But you should not worry because NASA’s asteroid trackers at the California Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) do not expect any cataclysmic impact to occur.

At its closest, Asteroid JN2 will approach the Earth from a distance of 0.01809 astronomical units. So the asteroid JN2 will pass over our home planet tonight from a distance of 1.68 million miles (2.7 million km) from Earth.

That means that space rock will fly past from 7.04 Lunar Distances (LD) or more than seven times as far as the Moon is.

NASA said: “As they orbit the Sun, Near-Earth Objects 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 kilometres.”

Source: www.express.co.uk

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