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NASA asteroid tracker: Pyramid-sized asteroid set to skim earth in hours – Express.co.uk

NASA asteroid tracker: Pyramid-sized asteroid set to skim earth in hours – Express.co.uk

A 427ft (130m) pyramid-sized asteroid is about to hurtle past our planet on Sunday, NASA has announced. According to NASA’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies, the object, dubbed VH5 2019, will harmlessly skim past Earth around 4.27 million miles from our planet at 22,000mph (35,000kmh).

The rock will be coming in for its close encounter with Earth in the pre-dawn hours of the morning, zooming past us at 9.24am GMT (4.24am ET)

At 187ft by 426.5ft, the asteroid is “pyramid-shaped” and almost as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The asteroid is one of five due to fly past Earth over the weekend, all at safe distances.

The last time asteroid 2019 VH5 flew so close to Earth was in 1983.

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NASA astroid tracker: A pyramid-sized space rock is barrelling towards Earth today (Image: Getty)

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NASA asteroid tracker: VH5 2019 will harmlessly skim past Earth around 4.27 million miles from our planet (Image: Express)

The space rock then passed within 3.9 million miles from Earth’s surface.

The asteroid will swing by Mars in 2020 and return for another visit of Earth the following year and then again in 2026 and 2028.

The asteroid encounter arrives after a gigantic 2,000 asteroid flew past Earth last month.

In 2017, an asteroid the size of a skyscraper called 2010 NY65 flew past around eight times the distance between the Earth and the moon.

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US-based space agency NASA in 2016 launched a new office called The Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO).

This was created to keep track of asteroids that come too close to Earth.

A recent study suggests over the last 290 million years, asteroids have been crashing into Earth at triple their previous rate.

The asteroid that wiped-out the dinosaurs was only 6.8 by 50.3 miles in diameter.

When it hit the surface it had an explosive impact 10 billion times bigger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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NASA asteroid tracker: The rock will be coming in for its close encounter with Earth in the pre-dawn hours of the morning (Image: Express)

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NASA asteroid tracker: The last time asteroid 2019 VH5 flew so close to Earth was in 1983 (Image: EXPRESS)

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NASA asteroid tracker: Asteroids have been crashing into Earth at triple their previous rate (Image: Getty)

Debris would fly so high into the atmosphere it would escape Earth’s gravity and orbit around the planet, as well as spilling out into space.

Asteroid 2019 VH5 will be followed by a considerably smaller space rock, due to dash by for a swift visit late in the night.

Asteroid 2019 XY is believed to be only 49ft wide and will be making its close approach to Earth in the early morning, buzzing our planet at 4.54am GMT (11.54pm ET).

Unlike its predecessor, the asteroid will creep in a lot closer to Earth’s surface, whizzing by at 29,200 mph (47,000kmh) from a short distance of just 753,300 miles away — a little over three times the lunar distance.


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