One of the asteroids will approach our planet already today, and the second – tomorrow. Two skyscraper-sized asteroids will fly past Earth soon.
This is reported by Science Alert.
As reported, one asteroid will come as close as possible to the Earth already today, July 29, and the other will pass by our planet on Saturday, July 30.
The first asteroid, named 2016 CZ31, is moving at a speed of 55,618 km/h. According to astronomers, it is about 122 meters wide, making it about the size of a 40-story building. According to NASA, the asteroid will safely pass our planet at a distance of about 2.8 million kilometers, which is more than seven times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.
According to NASA, this space rock comes close to Earth every few years, with the next approach scheduled for January 2028.
On Saturday, July 30, a second, even larger asteroid will fly past our planet, although at a greater distance from Earth. This asteroid, named 2013 CU83, has a diameter of about 183 meters and will fly by at a distance of about 6.9 million kilometers from Earth, which is about 18 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon. This colossal space rock moves at a speed of 21,168 km/h.
It will be recalled that earlier the Hubble space telescope photographed a distant galaxy in the Crane constellation.