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A giant asteroid visits Earth on Saturday

A giant asteroid is visiting Earth on Saturday

The US space agency "NASA"A giant asteroid, discovered just about a week ago, will approach Planet Earth, On Saturday afternoon.

NASA scientists named the asteroid "2019 AX2" for the first time by radar on January 3 this year.

NASA astronomers believe the rogue space rock is heading toward Earth at the closest point of our planet at the end of this week.

On Saturday, January 12, the asteroid will make the so-called "closest approach to Earth" and fly over our planet.

NASA scientists at the California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) expect the asteroid "AX2" to appear at 1:08 pm GMT.

The asteroid is expected to reach 6.7 million kilometers from Earth as it approaches.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists estimate that the size of the asteroid "AX2" is between 32 and 71 meters.

The asteroid is three and a half times the length of the bowling lane and 8.4 times longer than the double decker London bus, which is also taller than the sloping Pisa tower.

Smaller asteroids are known to cause unimaginable damage when they collide with a planet. When a 20-meter-long space rock penetrated Earth's atmosphere very quickly in 2013, over the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, more than 1,500 people were injured.

Fortunately, the asteroid "AX2" will not be close enough to hit our planet with devastating power.

AX2 will be in the so-called Near Earth Objects (NEO), where it will approach about 0.04508 astronomical units from Earth.

Astronomers know the astronomical unit "au" as the distance between the sun and the earth, which is about 149.6 million kilometers.

NASA expects the asteroid "AX2" to surpass this distance by about 6.74 million kilometers, which is 17.55 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

All asteroids and comets, located 50 million kilometers from Earth's orbit around the sun, are NEOs, NASA said.

After passing the asteroid "AX2", NASA expects that the space object will visit us at least three times on the morning of 5 January 2033, followed by 26 August 2085 and 2 September 2134.

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