Our planet will have a close call with a massive asteroid named 2019 CL2. The asteroid is traveling at around 16,800 mph, and it is 390 feet wide. Nonetheless, there is no reason to worry. The close approach means that the asteroid will be coming in within 2.4 million miles of our planet.
“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 kilometers,” explained NASA.
According to the NASA asteroid trackers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in Pasadena, California, the massive asteroid will fly past Earth on March 18th. For those who want the exact details, the space rock will approach our planet at 1:33 PM ET, on Monday.
2019 CL2, a massive asteroid, will fly past Earth on Monday, but there’s no danger
The encounter which will take place next week is entirely safe. Even though this massive asteroid will travel at nearly 22 times the speed of sound, the space rock will miss our planet by more than 2,42 million miles. In astronomical terms, that’s a close call.
The 2019 CL2 was discovered at the beginning of the year. The asteroid was observed on February 5th, and the rock was on NASA’s radar for the past 36 days. The 2019 Cl2 is not the largest asteroid spotted by NASA, however, it is still a large one. It is estimated to measure somewhere between 183,7 feet and 393.7 feet in diameter.
“A massive asteroid at the upper end of this estimate is approximately 60 times as long as a Queen-Size bed and 11 times longer than a London double-decker bus. Towards the lower end of NASA’s size estimate, the colossal space rock is still about 6.5 times the length of a double-decker bus,” explained The Express UK in a press release.
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