Enormous Asteroid Is Expected to Fly By Earth on Aug. 10

first_imgStay on target A massive asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is expected to safely fly by Earth on Aug. 10, according to NASA.NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) is monitoring 2006 QQ23, a giant space rock that measures up to 1,870 feet in diameter and is slightly bigger than the tall New York City-based structure (1,454 feet), Newsweek reported. On Aug. 10, at 3:23 a.m. EST, 2006 QQ23 is expected to come within approximately 4.55 million miles of our planet as it safely cruises by at a speed of 10,400 mph, The New York Post noted.According to NASA, 2006 QQ23 is classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO), which is an asteroid or comet with an orbit that takes it within roughly 30 million miles of Earth. CNEOS tracks NEOs’ orbits to see if they have a chance of hitting our planet in the future. Any NEO that approaches Earth closer than 0.05 “astronomical units,” which is about 4.65 million miles, is considered as a “potentially hazardous” object by CNEOS.CNEOS is still keeping an eye on 2006 QQ23 and other NEOs at the moment, however, the chance of one of these space rocks striking our planet is very slim.“There are some asteroids that have an exceedingly small chance of impacting Earth over the next couple [of] centuries. Asteroid Bennu, which is currently being visited by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, currently has a one-in-a-few-thousand chance of impacting a couple of centuries from now, but as we continue to track this asteroid, I expect that chance to drop to zero,” CNEOS Manager Paul Chodas told Newsweek. “None of the other known asteroids has a significant chance of impacting Earth over the next century.”Asteroid 2006 QQ23 also has company: Last month, three large asteroids zoomed by Earth on July 24, however, NASA did not consider them to be threatening objects. Asteroid 2019 OD, Asteroid 2019 OE, and Asteroid 2015 HM10 had some interesting characteristics—two were roughly the same size as one of the famous Giza pyramids in Egypt, while the other was less than 175 feet in diameter.More on Geek.com:Don’t Worry: An Asteroid Won’t Collide With Earth This YearJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Grabs Second Sample From Asteroid RyuguQueen’s Brian May Explains ESA’s Asteroid Deflection Mission NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img