A Space Rock Taller as the Washington Monument Is Heading Towards Earth

James Marshall
December 3, 2019

NASA classified the rock a Near-Earth Object, which means that its orbits lead it very close to our planet.

Didymoon orbits its more prominent companion, and scientists should be capable of measuring DART's influence on its trajectory, even if it's little.

Despite the space rock making a "close approach" to our planet next week, NASA does not expect the asteroid to deviate from its path and hit Earth. The asteroids are expected to scrape by the planet at separate times today (Sunday, December 1). Those satchel measured rocket will act like automatons, catching imperative information about the effect pit and giving researchers information including the mass of the space rock that will assist them with finding its organization.

A Japanese space probe is heading home from an asteroid 250 million km (155 million miles) from Earth after collecting sub-surface samples that could help scientists search for the origin of life, Japan's space agency said on Monday.

However, if 2005 ED224 is able to maintain its incredible speed, the asteroid has the potential to successfully go through the atmosphere and cause an impact event on the ground.

The first space rock to approach Earth today is Asteroid 2019 WH2.

NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) first spotted Asteroid WR3 on November 27 this year.

Didymoon is 525 feet (160 meters) across, or about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza, and it orbits the half-mile-wide (780-meter) main body of Didymos.

To put this in context, the asteroid will shoot past our planet at 22,794mph (36,684kmh).

Today's close flyby will occur around 9.15am GMT (4.15am EDT).

According to NASA's estimates, WD3 measures somewhere between 82ft and 187ft (25m and 57m) across.

NASA also estimates the rock measures in the range of 46ft to 98.4ft (14m to 30m) in diameter.

So, if you want help the world's foremost space agencies watch the skies, now is your time.

The closest asteroid, WH2, will approach Earth from a distance of 0.00878 astronomical units (au).

One astronomical unit equals the distance between Earth and the Sun - about 93 million miles (149.6 million km).

If 2005 ED224 misses Earth in 2023, the asteroid still has other chances to collide with the planet in the future.

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