Earth has a busy schedule this week. Important meetings with key asteroids that give Earth a sense of what life could be like if they choose to crash instead of just being civilized agree to a distant encounter. Six asteroids will come close to Earth this week, NASA warned.
Six asteroids will come close to Earth this week
2020 FF on March 24th at 12:06 p.m. EDT
Earth is said to sit down with 2020 FF, an asteroid the size of the Empire State Building, so … big enough to cause damage the next time it comes closer than this time. It will pass at a speed of almost 13,000 miles an hour. It seems generous that this time a safe distance of 3.8 million miles will be maintained.
2020 FB on March 25th at 12:02 p.m. EDT
With little time to evaluate the previous FB meeting, Earth must make it to the 2020 FB meeting. This is more intrusive, it is up to 2 million miles long and it is larger: 177 feet wide. It is at least slower at a speed of around 10,000 miles an hour.
2020 PF on March 26 at 7:39 p.m. EDT
2020 PF couldn’t help it and FB will follow. There is something about these two, but the 3.5 million mile distance will solve the puzzle. It’s a bit smaller, about 128 feet in diameter, but the 21,000 mph speed makes the longer distance preferable!
2012 XA133 on March 26 at 10:52 am EDT
The 26th will be the hardest day of the week, because at 10:52 p.m. EDT the asteroid 2012 XA133 programmed its coming without asking. What asteroid 1,280 feet wide and 53,000 mph would ask ?! We should be grateful for the distance that was decided: 4.1 million miles from the center of the planet. Earth should really be a charmer because there could be a next one with it, and a collision will have a big impact.
2020 FE2 March 28th at 8:13 p.m. EDT
After the last meeting, FE2 2020 will look like a walk in the park. FE2 is a gentle 148-foot asteroid that moves toward Earth at a speed of nearly 16,000 miles an hour. It will also keep a decent distance of 1 million miles away.
2010 GD35 on March 29 at 2:19 p.m. EDT
After this day, the earth can take a well-deserved vacation. 2010 GD35 is the last meeting on schedule. 2010 GD35 is a treasure! Even though it’s not a small one (it’s 233 feet wide) or a quiet one (its speed is nearly 27,000 miles an hour), GD35 loves its privacy: 3.6 million miles away is a reason for the earth to be thankful.
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