Three Major Asteroids Deemed ‘Near Earth Objects’ Will Be Zooming By Earth Over The Next Few Days

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Three Major Asteroids Flying By Earth Over The Next Few Days

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So far, we’ve been lucky when it comes to the number of asteroids that have zipped by close to our planet over the past several years. Let’s hope it stays that way over the next few days.

This week NASA is tracking not one, but three asteroids – or Near Earth Objects (NEO) as they refer to them – that will be making passes by Earth at rather close proximity.

NASA describes a Near Earth Object as “comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood.”

If you are reading this, then there’s a good chance that we have already survived Asteroid 2020 KY flying by our planet as it is predicted to pass by Earth around 8:51 p.m. ET on June 9th.

Asteroid 2020 KY isn’t a big one, relatively speaking, at around 115 feet in diameter, but the fact that its cruising speed is in the neighborhood of 5,000 mph, it could still cause a massive amount of destruction.

The closest NASA predicts it will come to Earth is 0.044 Astronomical Units (AU). By comparison, Mars is 0.52 AU from Earth, while our moon is 0.0026 AU from our planet, so it will be somewhere in between.

Three Major Asteroids Flying By Earth Over The Next Few Days

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The second space rock to buzz the planet this week will be Asteroid 2020 JQ2, which the Daily Express reports is about the size of a passenger plane will fly by on June 11th at around 7:38 a.m. ET.

It is expected to pass by Earth at a minumum distance of around 0.039 Astronomical Units.

Three Major Asteroids Flying By Earth Over The Next Few Days

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The third asteroid, 2020 JS1, will also be passing by Earth on June 11th, only it will be cruising by at around 7:21 p.m. ET. Asteroid 2020 JS1 is predicted to come the closest to Earth of the three space rocks at around 0.025 Astronomical Units.

Three Major Asteroids Flying By Earth Over The Next Few Days

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All three are classified by NASA as Amor asteroids due to their orbital paths, but none of the three is predicted to make any actual contact with Earth.

However, as IBT reports, if the largest of the three asteroids, 2020 KY, does happen to cross paths with Earth, due to its size it will most likely blow up before reaching land.

Not that it would be a good thing for that to happen, though, just… better than slamming directly into the surface of our planet.

Given the size of the asteroid, its mid-air explosion could be very powerful. Back in 2013, a 66-foot-wide asteroid detonated in the sky over a populated city in Russia. The energy from the blast was equivalent to about 30 atomic bombs.

According to reports, the shockwave from the explosion was powerful enough to damage about 7,000 buildings in the area.

Fingers crossed.

Watch the orbital paths of all three asteroids below…

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