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Skyscraper-sized asteroid to pass by earth tomorrow

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2022. 2:01 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Astronomers say that an asteroid almost as large as the world’s largest skyscraper will be passing by Earth, tomorrow November 1, Yahoo News reports.

A report published in Live Science notes that the asteroid has been designated 2022 RM4 and will barely pass the Earth clocking in at a speed of 52,500 mph, roughly 68 times the speed of sound. The asteroid reportedly has an estimated diameter of 1,083-2,428 feet or 330-740 meters, making it only slightly smaller than the tallest building in the world, the 2,716-foot-tall Burj Khalifa located in Dubai.

“The actual distance between Earth and the asteroid is six times the Earth’s distance from the moon…which is very close by cosmic standards. The asteroid will approximately come within 1.43 million miles of Earth when it reaches its closest approach on Nov. 1,” Yahoo reports.

Despite the distance, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has classified the asteroid as a near-Earth object, an Apollo-type object, and potentially hazardous; though it is notable that no projections show the possibility of an impact on the earth.

NASA has also said that the estimated trajectories of all the near-Earth objects for the next 100 years do not pose any threat of collision with the earth.

 

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