NASA’s asteroid watchers have given a heads-up about five asteroids headed toward Earth in the coming days, while the agency’s automated Sentry system has identified the space rock which has the highest chance of impact.
Over this weekend, two asteroids – 2020 MU1 (120ft diameter or half the wingspan of a 747 jet) and 2020 ML (73ft diameter, roughly half the height of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris) – are expected to shoot past us at a distance of 4.4 million and 2.7 million miles respectively.
Lest anyone get too comfortable and breathe a sigh of relief, however, NASA warns that a further three space rocks are expected in these parts next week.
On July 13, 2020 KJ7 (96ft, half height of the leaning tower of Pisa) and 2009 OS5 (140ft, half the height of the Statue of Liberty) are charted to pass us at 2.8 and 4.2 million miles. These will be followed shortly afterwards by 2020 MQ (140ft) at a distance of four million miles.
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