The imposing asteroid, dubbed by NASA Asteroid 2019 JB1, is headed toward the Earth on a "Close Approach" trajectory. NASA's asteroid trackers have calculated a close flyby in the early morning hours of Monday, May 20. According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, Asteroid JB1 will shoot around our planet around 4.23am BST (3.23am UTC). And when the asteroid approaches Earth, it will reach breakneck speeds of around 26.04km per second or
Asteroid JB1 is an Apollo-type Near-Earth Object or NEO asteroid
NEOs are all asteroids
Just one astronomical unit measures about 93 million miles (149.6 million km), which is the distance between Earth and the Sun.
NASA's JPL estimates the JB1
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An asteroid at the upper
The asteroid is also about 200 times longer than a Queen Size bed and 45 London double-decker buses. Earth, the force of impact could be cataclysmically deadly
NASA said: "If a rock me theoretically larger than 25m but less than one kilometer – a little more than 1/2 miles – were hit by Earth, it would likely cause local damage to the impact area.
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"We believe anything larger than one to two kilometers – one kilometer is a little more than one-half mile – could have worldwide effects."
So, there is nothing to fear from the asteroid's flyby next
Thankfully, NASA predicts that the asteroid will not come close enough to slam into the Earth
At its closest, Asteroid JB1 will fly past Earth from a distance of 0.04305 astronomical units
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This means that Asteroid will come within four million miles of our home-world
NASA expects the asteroid to fly by 16.76 times as far the moon is
NASA explained: "As they orbit the Sun, Near-Earth Objects can occasionally approach close to Earth
" Note that a 'close' passage astronomically can be very far in human terms: or even tens of millions of kilometers. "
Quick facts about asteroids:
1. Asteroids are the rocky remnants of the early solar system from around 4.6 billion years ago
2. NASA estimates that there are currently 795,070 space rocks orbiting our sun.
3. The largest "potentially dangerous" NASA asteroid is aware of the 3.35-mile-wide (5.4km) of Toutatis
4. NASA has established a Planetary Defense Coordination Office to keep Earth safe from the impacts of asteroid impacts
5. Most of the asteroids we know of are in the so-called Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter