Beware Earthlings! Giant Asteroid is Heading Toward the Planet

Beware Earthlings! Giant Asteroid is Heading Toward the Planet

Washington, D.C, Jan 18: A enormous asteroid, which is reported to be larger than the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will past earth on February 4.

Nasa have classed it as a "potentially hazardous" but do not think it will strike the Earth (file photo)How big is the asteroid?

It is expected to narrowly miss the planet on February 4, as it speeds by at 67,000 miles.

Travelling at speeds of 107,826kmh, it's almost 15 times faster than the world's quickest manned aircraft - the hypersonic North America X-15, which can reach speeds of 7,300kph, The Daily Mail reported.

The space rock - known as 2002 AJ129 - will fly by at a distance of around 2,615,1258 miles from the Earth on the 4th of February.

For reference, the distance between the Earth and the moon is 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

As for it's description as "hazardous", Nasa says that about any object that comes within 4,600,000 miles (7,403,00km) of our planet.

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Charles Bardeen, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, said a 1km-wide space rock would "a very severe global impact" - although it probably wouldn't wipe out humanity.

Temperatures could fall by up to 8 degrees Celsius and the effects could last for up to 10 years due to soot in the atmosphere.

Finding out about the orbit trajectory, size, shape, mass, composition and rotational dynamics would help experts determine the severity of a potential impact.

Recently, more asteroids have been flying close by our planet, with a few giant rocks passing by in December of previous year alone.

It spans an astonishing 1.1km, according to NASA - making it the biggest asteroid of the year so far. A test with a small, non threatening asteroid is planned for 2024.

A huge kilometre-wide asteroid will travel terrifyingly close to our planet in about two weeks' time. The year 1913 saw the Earth's last collision with celestial objects, as a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation.

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