A giant asteroid will zip past Earth on May 27 at 47,200 mph
A giant asteroid, approximately four times larger than the Empire State Building, will zip past the Earth at a min-boggling speed of 47,200 mph (~76,000 kph) as we look forward to the weekend on Friday, May 27, Live Science reported. In a way, the asteroid will mark the first month anniversary of another big asteroid that zipped past our planet at 23,000 miles (~37,000 kph) an hour on April 28th, last month. This is why NASA tracks more than 29,000 Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) every year.
A stony asteroid, 7335 was first spotted in 1989 at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego, California. Since the Earth has its own orbit to follow, the asteroid and our home planet luckily do not cross paths that often. Nevertheless, NASA classifies 7335 as a potentially hazardous asteroid, meaning if the giant rock were ever to change its trajectory and hit Earth, it could do enormous damage.
The human race is well aware of the dangers of such a deviation, and is currently looking for ways to redirect asteroids if we ever find them heading towards us. It is worth mentioning that neither of these missions aims to blast an asteroid with a nuclear bomb, as Hollywood movies would have us believe.
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