Asteroid bigger than the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa to pass by Earth today
A massive asteroid bigger than than the world's tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa will soar past Earth on August 21. Considered to be 'potentially hazardous', the asteroid is a cluster of 1,000 rocks. It has been named '2016 AJ193' by the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASA).
The asteroid is reportedly travelling through space at 94,208 km per hour and NASA is monitoring its movement. The speed at which the celestial object is moving, it will likely pass within 3,427,903 km of Earth.
NASA has classified it as a Near-Earth Asteroid. It is currently on course to miss Earth by 212,971,5 miles at 3:10 pm GMT (8:40 pm IST) today. This visit of 2016 AJ193 will be the asteroid’s closest approach to planet Earth for at least the next 65 years, Sputnik news reported.
According to NASA, the asteroid will not do any harm on Earth. It won't be visible to the naked eye and astronomers can spot it by using telescopes.
The asteroid is around 1.4 km wide and 4,500 feet in diameter. It is so massive that its size is 1.5 times of the Burj Khalifa, and over 4.5 times the size of the Eiffel Tower.
It was spotted back in January 2016 by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System facility. According to scientists, the asteroid orbits the Sun, and while travelling towards Earth's orbit, it goes in Jupiter's direction.
NASA began observing 2016 AJ193 in August and will continue to do so till August 24. At present, NASA is tracking over 26,000 near-Earth asteroids, out of which 1,000 are considered potentially hazardous.