The NASA US Space Agency traces a potentially deadly space rock toward Earth. NASA researchers have estimated the approaching asteroid to be of similar size to the Empire State Building. The asteroid, named 2019 GT3 by NASA, is one of the largest asteroids approaching Earth in September.
NASA estimates that the asteroid is currently invading space at a speed of 30,500mph (50,000kmh).
The Asteroid 2019 GT3 is 1,214 feet (370 m) in diameter, making the cosmic scale higher than the Eiffel Tower.
Given the huge size and speed of the asteroid, the 2019 GT3 may be able to create a 3-mile crater if it collides with Earth.
This makes the asteroid powerful enough to destroy an entire city during a shock event.
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As the astroids approach the Earth, the massive asteroid will be about 0.04996 astronomical units (AU), or about 4.6 million miles from the center of the planet.
An astronomical unit is the average distance between the Earth and the Sun.
The 2019 GT3 was first observed on April 3, 2019. Based on the NASA CNEOS database, the asteroid is also known to be approaching the Red Planet Mars and gas giant Jupiter.
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NASA categorized 2019 GT3 as an Apollo asteroid. Like the other asteroids belonging to this family, the 2019 GT3 has a very wide orbit around Earth and the Sun.
As the asteroid flies through space, it often crosses the Earth's path as it orbits the Sun.
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Due to nearby GT3 intersections in 2019 with Earth orbit, it is classified by CNEOS as a potentially dangerous asteroid.
NASA wrote in a statement: "Potentially dangerous asteroids are currently determined based on parameters that measure the potential of an asteroid to make threatening close approaches to Earth.
"In particular, all asteroids with a minimum orbital crossing distance of 0.5 AU or less and an absolute magnitude of 22.0 or less are considered to be potentially dangerous asteroids. “