90 Miles From Tyranny : Swing and a miss! Huge asteroid to narrowly pass by Earth on December 26th

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Swing and a miss! Huge asteroid to narrowly pass by Earth on December 26th








While many people will be nursing their food hangovers after a Christmas feast, a giant, potentially hazardous, asteroid will shoot past the Earth. Fear not, this potential party pooper is not expected to disrupt the holidays.

The Near-Earth Object (NEO) is named 2000 CH59, after the year in which it was discovered. It is estimated to measure between up to 2,034 feet. At the upper end of the estimates it would dwarf both the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State building, meaning were it to hit it was cause immense damage.








© NASA JPL/CNEOS

The space rock is believed to be travelling at a speed of 27,447mph, or roughly 18 times faster than an F-16 fighter flying at full speed, and will buzz the Earth at 7.54am UTC (2:54 am EST) on December 26.

Its "close approach" will actually take place at about 4,530,666 miles from the Earth or 19 times farther than the moon according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).

"Over many centuries and millennia [these asteroids] might evolve into...

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