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Huge asteroid bigger than London Eye to crash into Earth’s orbit this weekend
November 16, 2021
An asteroid bigger than the London Eye is set to crash into Earth's orbit this weekend.
Named 2016 JG12, it was first discovered on May 3, 2016, and is currently just 5.98 million kilometres from earth.
While that sounds very far away, light measurements currently take just 19 seconds to travel from the asteroid to earth – it measures around 190 metres in diameter.
Although the asteroid would take a bit longer to reach us, it is still close enough that astronomers will be keeping a keen eye on it.
If it does continue at the same trajectory, and passes earth, rather than landing on it, it can be seen at approximately 00.23 on Saturday, November 20 – although the best viewing point is not yet known.
It will be travelling at a distance of 7 kilometres per second at a distance of 5.52 million kilometres over earth, according to the-sky.org.
The very next day, a massive 300-metre-long asteroid, called 1982HR (because it was spotted in 1982) 3361 Orpheus, will be at a distance of 5.7 million kilometres from us.
But fear not, because if you miss 2016 JG12, and it survives, it will return to our atmosphere on November 3, 2024.
This comes just a few weeks after an asteroid the size of the Empire State Building had a close encounter with earth.
Named 2004 UE, it was part of a group of eight objects that came close to earth, although none of them actually landed.
The largest of the cluster was 140 metres long – the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Objects an asteroid has to travel “within 120 million miles of Earth” for it to be classes as an NEO.
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