Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Two giant asteroids are reportedly approaching Earth. Both will fly close to Earth on November 19, 2021.
The asteroid is 2021 VR with a diameter of 120 meters. And accompanied by the smaller Asteroid 2021 VJ11 measuring 41 meters or half the wingspan of a 747 jet.
2021 VR will pass Earth at 30 thousand per mile or about fifteen times faster than a shotgun bullet. But reportedly this asteroid will be 3.7 million miles away from Earth, quoted by Newsweek, Wednesday (11/17/2021).
Asteroid 2021 VJ11 is traveling 24,000 miles per second or 16 times faster than a fighter jet. But the object will pass closest to Earth at a distance of 1.6 million miles.
But on the night after the Beaver Moon, another asteroid will pass by Earth as well. The object, named 2016 JG12, is scheduled to fly past Earth on Saturday.
The size of the asteroid is larger than the other two asteroids, which is 190 meters in diameter or larger than the Washington monument. When approaching Earth later the asteroid will have a distance of 3.4 million miles from Earth.
This asteroid flies at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour. The object is more relaxed to travel than the other two objects.
All three asteroids are included in the Near-Earth Objects group by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Objects (CNEOS). Because its orbit from the Sun has a distance of 120 million miles from Earth.
In addition, there are also asteroids approaching Earth in the near future. Named 2003 SD220, it is even bigger than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The asteroid was tracked by NASA and headed for Earth on December 17, 2021. Later it will be 5.4 million kilometers from Earth at a speed of 56 km per second, quoted from the Jerusalem Post.
Reportedly the asteroid has a diameter of almost 791 meters. But it could be bigger than that based on observations from the Areciba Observatory in Puerto Rico in 2015.
Asteroid 2003 SD220 is classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA). This is because of its size and proximity to Earth and does not appear to pose any danger to Earth.
The object could theoretically strike Earth. NASA says its impact on Earth is likely within the next 100 years.