NASA is keeping a close eye on it
NASA is currently keeping a close eye on an enormous asteroid that is heading towards Earth right now.
The US space agency has predicted that Asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) will make a close approach to Earth on Sunday, May 15.
The asteroid is around 1,608 feet in width, making it even larger than the world-renowned Empire State Building in New York, which stands at 1,454 feet in height.
As a result, such an enormous asteroid would cause serious damage if it was to hit Earth in the coming days.
However, NASA have stated that Asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) should pass our planet from a distance of approximately 3.5 million miles away.
Whilst this may sound like a significant distance away from our planet, this is not a large distance in the grand scheme of space.
If an asteroid is to come within 4.65 million miles and is of a certain size, then space agencies consider it to be “potentially hazardous”, and Asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) fits that description.
NASA says that the asteroid should go past at a speed of over 18,000 miles per hour, at around 17:15 ET and 21:18 BST.
Another asteroid had been predicted to hit Earth just last week, on May 6. This was the 2009 JF1 asteroid that was discovered back in 2009.
Although it had been predicted that it could hit our planet, new calculations were made earlier in 2022 that greatly reduced the odds of this happening.
In the end, the space object passed 28 million miles away from Earth.
Even though this one was only 10 metres in diameter, there was still a lot of panic, as this asteroid was travelling at a very high speed of 23.92 kilometres per second, but ultimately there was no impact.
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