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Large Asteroid to Fly By Earth Next Week: Here’s What You Need to Know

Next week is a large asteroid called Earth 216258 (2006 WH1). The asteroid, first marked by the La Sagra Observatory in 2006, will fly from Earth through the NASA Center for North Object Studies (CNES) on December 20 at 10:30 am ET. The asteroid has been classified as a potentially dangerous asteroid (PHA), which means it is capable of approaching the Earth at an alarming rate.

NASA’s CNEOS says that asteroid 216258 (2006 WH1) follows an orbit that meets directly with the planet’s path. According to the IBTimes report, the size of this asteroid, due to its large size and cross orbit, has been classified as asteroid as it is currently moving toward Earth at a speed of 26,000 miles per hour, The asteroid is 1,772 feet taller than the Willis Tower in Chicago or the Empire State Building in New York. PHA, if it hits the planet, could potentially destroy several cities. CNEOS revealed that this year, the asteroid will be about 0.0 0.03904 astronomical units or about 3.6 million miles away from the center of the planet.


On its PHA page, NASA explains, “Potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) are described on a timely basis based on the quality of the approaching asteroid approaching Earth. In particular, all asteroid unions with at least orbital crossover (MOID) of 0.05 are African or less and absolute volume (H) of 22.0 or less pH. ”

The Asteroid 216258 (2006 WH1) has a very wide orbit and covers many cosmic bodies such as Venus, Mercury and even the Sun. Apollos of the asteroid belongs to the family.

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