On May 19th, next Sunday, a giant asteroid of 1,280 ft in diameter will skim past Earth at a speed of 58,000 Mph (approximately 93,000 kilometers per hour). Asteroid 2019 JB1, as the scientists named it, is what NASA called a “close call” in astronomical terms, of course, as the space rock will pass our planet from a distance of 4 million miles.
The US space agency cataloged this giant asteroid as Near-Earth Object, or NEO, in short, and it has been keeping an eye on this space rock since it spotted it early May. According to NASA, NEOs are space rocks “that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood.”
Usually, each NEO passes next to Earth regularly, but that’s not also the case of the recently found Asteroid 2019 JB1. This one will only fly next to Earth once, and that would be next Sunday, on May 19th.
Next Sunday, a giant asteroid will fly next to Earth at 58,000 Mph
As reported by NASA’s Center For Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the giant asteroid would measure between about 600 ft and approximately 1,300 ft. Most likely, the correct measurement is 1,280 ft, as NASA stated. Anyway, Asteroid 2019 JB1 is not threatening the life on Earth as it will pass at a distance of about 4 million miles away from our planet.
The giant asteroid will fly at the safe distance of 4 million miles away from Earth’s surface next Sunday, on May 19th, and it will do that at a velocity of about 58,000 miles per hour. It will reach its trajectory’s closest point to our planet at 11:21 PM ET. As we’ve already mentioned above, Asteroid 2019 JB1 is harmless and will not impact Earth.
Even though NASA calls this giant asteroid a “close call,” something that might be misunderstood by many, that’s only in astronomical terms. “Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometers,” explained CNEOS.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca