NASA: 2 Giant Asteroids As Big As Burj Khalifa To Skim Past Earth

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration warned on September 14 that two big asteroids which are almost as big as the Burj Khalifa will zip past Earth.

Written By Manjiri Chitre | Mumbai | Updated On:
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NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has warned on September 14 that two big asteroids which are almost as big as the Burj Khalifa will zip past the Earth on September 15. According to the Space administration's Centre for Near Earth Object Studies (NEOS), the two giant asteroids are are 2000 QW7 and 2010 CO1. The asteroid 2000 QW7 will pass Earth from a distance of 3.3 million miles posing no danger to the planet, said NASA. Asteroids are tiny, rocky objects that orbit the Sun, as per the space administration.

About the gigantic asteroids 

According to NASA, asteroid 2000 QW7 will be passing through Earth at 5:24 am on September 15. The asteroid is said to be approximately 290 to 650 metres wide. According to the reports, asteroid 2000 QW7 will pass first followed by asteroid 2010 CO1. The NEOS will be tracking the asteroids' journey to figure out if any gigantic asteroids may come closer to Earth in the future. According to NASA, the giant asteroid has previously skimmed past Earth on September 1, 2000. As per reports, asteroid 2000 QW7 orbits the Sun and occasionally crosses Earth. There is no danger to Earth at the moment, reported NASA. 

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'God of Chaos'

According to reports, an asteroid called 'God of Chaos' is expected to zip past Earth in 2029. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk had pointed out on Twitter last month that the asteroid will scrape off Earth. He had also stated that presently Earth has no defence against gigantic asteroids to protect our planet. Earlier in July this year, the NASA had tracked an asteroid racing towards Earth and blasted it in space, breaking it up into pieces in the atmosphere before it could cause any catastrophe.

 

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