NASA Asteroid Warning: 360-Foot-Wide Monster Asteroid on 'Earth Approach' Tomorrow
AN ENORMOUS asteroid large enough to wipe out an entire city will zip past the planet Earth tomorrow afternoon, space agency NASA warned.
A dense, iron-packed asteroid as little as 40ft across (12m) has the power to wipe out buildings across a 3.6-mile radius (5.79km). And the bad news is one about three times as big is currently barreling towards the Earth at breakneck speeds of 14,808.5mph (6.62km per second).
The giant space rock tracked by NASA, officially labelled Asteroid 2018 VX4, is expected to fly by the planet on Sunday, December 9. The space agency said the asteroid’s trajectory matches the parameters of a so-called Earth Close Approach.
The asteroid was dubbed a Near-Earth Object (NEO) as a result of its close brush with the Earth.
NASA’s scientists at the California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) believe it will be closest to Earth around 5.06pm GMT (UTC) tomorrow.
The astronomers estimate VX4 measures somewhere in the terrifying range of 157.5ft to 360.9ft (48m to 110m).
At 360 feet in diameter, the asteroid is as wide as an American football field is long, and NASA believes space rocks this big are lethal threats.