Massive asteroids as big as 102 floors buildings are said to go near Earth in the upcoming weeks, one of them being on Wednesday night. On November 13, the space rock 2004 UE, which is as big as 1,246 feet, will be at a distance of 2.6 million miles.
According to the Center of NASA for the asteroid-like objects, 1996 VB3, which is as large as 750 feet, is expected to travel closest to Earth, at a distance of about 2.1 million miles. When compared to the nearest planet, Venus, which is 70 million miles distant, the distance of asteroids from the earth is much close. It is said to travel at a speed of around 9 million miles per second.
The approach of the asteroid will then be followed by space rock 2021 SM3, which was announced to pass by Earth from 3.5 million miles distant on Friday. The space rock which was just found a month before is as big as 525 feet, which is bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza.
A near-Earth object is defined by the center as a body that is within 120 million miles of Earth. According to NASA, these are asteroids or comets that have been launched into orbits which also allows them to get closer to the Earth by the gravity of nearby planets.
While the size and speed of these massive space objects may actually cause huge damage if they hit Earth, experts say there’s no need to be worried about an apocalypse just yet. While the asteroids are getting closer, Paul Chodas who is one of the directors from NASA in Southern California, believes they are still too far away to hit the earth.
Astronomically, they are nearing the Earth. However, they are millions of kilometers away and can only get a little closer. Seven asteroids are expected to pass close to Earth in the next weeks, according to the center. After 2004 UE, the 2016 JG12 asteroid will pass by the earth 3.4 million miles away just a week after that.
2001 FO32, also known as Apophis, the God of Chaos, was the biggest asteroid to pass close to Earth this year, passing in March. It was believed to be 1,100 feet in diameter.