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

It is safe to say that the big asteroid called 2019 WR3 is as big as London’s St Paul’s cathedral. It is also taller than Egypt’s pyramids. The asteroid tracker from NASA estimated that WR3 is coming towards us fast. According to the space agency, the asteroid will make a close approach to our planer on the 6th of December, on Friday.  When this thing happens, the asteroid will shoot past the planet at a speed of 7.51 km per second.

Asteroid WR3 is an Apollo-type asteroid, and it’s found in the inner solar system. NASA classified the rock a Near-Earth Object, which means that its orbits lead it very close to our planet. NASA states that most of the asteroids and comets orbit the Sun, but they are far from Earth. But some asteroids travel some orbits that are farther away from the Sun than the Earth. Some of these orbit paths approach Earth, and they come just a little farther or a little closer than the distance of the Moon. They are looking for these large objects, and they want to track them.

The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies from NASA first found Asteroid WR3 on the 27th of November, 2019. Starting with the 1st of December, the space agency observed the space rock about 74 times in order to see its size, trajectory, and speed. The space agency found that the asteroid measured between 249ft to 55.7ft – that’s between 76m to 170m – in diameter. It seems that the asteroid is about the size of the Washington Monument in Washington DC, US. It can also be comparable to the wingspan of a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet.

Most of the asteroids and comets orbit the Sun far from Earth. If an asteroid like this hits Earth, it could do significant damage to the specific area.

 

 

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