Doubtlessly Hazardous Asteroid as Massive as a Pyramid Nearing Earth

An asteroid that could possibly be bigger than the Nice Pyramid of Giza is about to make a detailed method to the Earth later this month, having solely been found in April.

The area rock, dubbed 2022 GU6, will come inside round 750,000 miles of our planet on June 12 at round 8:01 a.m. ET, figures from NASA’s Heart for Close to-Earth Object Research (CNEOS) exhibits.

This can be a comparatively shut method for a near-Earth object (NEO) though there is no such thing as a likelihood that 2022 GU6 will collide with our planet this time. The asteroid might be flying previous at roughly thrice the common distance between the Earth and the moon.

Inventory pictures: An artist’s illustration of an asteroid and the Nice Pyramid of Giza. An area rock that could possibly be bigger than then Nice Pyramid is about to zoom previous the Earth later this month.

Because it zooms previous us, the asteroid might be touring at a staggering velocity of just about 18,800 miles per hour—which is about 9 instances as quick as a rifle bullet and over 20 instances the velocity of sound.

Figures from the CNEOS present that the asteroid is estimated to measure between 216 ft and 492 ft throughout, based mostly on its noticed magnitude within the sky.

On the higher finish of this dimension vary, the area rock can be bigger than the Nice Pyramid of Giza, which stands at round 450 ft tall. It might even be barely smaller than the Washington Monument, which has a top of round 554 ft.

The area rock is one in all greater than 29,000 NEOs that scientists have recognized up to now. Close to-Earth object is a time period used to check with any astronomical physique, of which the orbits come near that of the Earth, astronomically talking.

The overwhelming majority of those NEOs are asteroids—most of that are small—though there a greater than 100 comets included on this class.

Some NEOs are categorized as “doubtlessly hazardous,” which means they’ve orbits that come inside 4.6 million miles of Earth’s personal path across the solar, whereas additionally measuring greater than 140 meters (round 460 ft) in diameter.

Doubtlessly hazardous objects are giant sufficient to supply vital injury on a minimum of a regional scale within the occasion of an influence with the Earth. Nonetheless, not one of the doubtlessly hazardous NEOs has any likelihood of colliding with the Earth over the following century or so, in accordance with CNEOS supervisor Paul Chodas.

“The ‘Doubtlessly Hazardous’ designation merely means over many centuries and millennia, the asteroid’s orbit could evolve into one which has an opportunity of impacting Earth. We don’t assess these long-term many-century prospects of influence,” CNEOS supervisor Paul Chodas advised Newsweek.

Towards the tip of Might, one of many largest asteroids to make a detailed method to the Earth this yr flew safely previous our planet coming inside a distance of round 2.5 million miles.