Asteroid The Size Of The World's Tallest Building To Fly Past Earth
An asteroid nearly the size of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is set to fly past the Earth in September.
Asteroid 2000 QW7 will hurtle past Earth on September 14 at a whopping 23,100 km/h. The rock measures 650 metres in diametre, making it slightly smaller than the Dubai building which stands at 830 metres.
But before you start stockpiling canned foods in your asteroid-proof bunker, don't worry-- it is set to fly past Earth without any risk of collision.
In fact, it will fly past approximately 5.3 million kilometres from Earth, but believe it or not, this is pretty close by standards of the vast universe. Asteroid 2000 QW7 is considered "potentially hazardous" to the earth according to NASA.
This classification is determined by how close the rock will fly to the earth. Anything that comes within 0.05 astronomical units is given the classification -- Asteroid 2000 QW7 will pass within 0.03564 astronomical units of our planet.
The last time the asteroid flew past the earth was in September 2000. After this year's visit to the Earth Asteroid 2000 QW7 is not set to return until October 2038.
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