An asteroid as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza will miss Earth as it travels at speeds of about 19.17km per second or around 43,000mph, at a distance of around 219,375 miles or 353,050km, equivalent to 0.92 Lunar Distances (LD)
According to astronomers, this Wednesday, July 24, three asteroids – 2019 OD, 2015 HM10 and 2019 OE – are expected to approach Earth.
Data from the NASA Center for Near-Earth Studies have revealed that one of the asteroids will pass closer than the distance that separates us from the Moon.
The largest of the three asteroids is 2019 OD, whose diameter is estimated at 120 meters (almost the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza). The space object travels at a speed of 19.17 kilometers per second and will approach our planet at a distance of around 353,650 kilometers. This means that the asteroid will miss our planet while traveling closer to Earth than the moon.
Asteroid 2019 OD is an Apollo-type Near-Earth Object-
Near-Earth objects or NEOs are comets and asteroids that have been bumped by the gravitational pull of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood.
Composed predominantly of water ice with embedded dust particles, comets originally came to be in the cold outer planetary system while most of the rocky asteroids originated in the warmer inner solar system within the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
NASA explains that the other two cosmic objects measure 53 and 110 meters in diameter at most, and will safely travel past Earth at a distance greater than that of the moon. Likewise, it is reported that none of the three space bodies represents a danger to our planet.
At the end of June, astronomers in Hawaii detected the 2019 MO asteroid, with a diameter of almost 4 meters, a few hours before it entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated about 380 kilometers south of San Juan (Puerto Rico). It was the fourth time in history that astronomers discover an asteroid at so little of the impact. The previous times had happened with the asteroids 2008 TC3, 2014 AA, and 2018 LA, all during the last 11 years.
Although there are no worries about any of the three asteroids impacting our planet now, NASA estimates that every 2,000 years or so, a football field-size asteroid collides with our planet. Each year, NASA reports that a car-sized asteroid enters Earth’s atmosphere.