177FT space rock ‘could’ hit Earth at 61,000MPH — NASA asteroid warning

Europe's space ministers approved ESA's Hera asteroid mission for construction and launch

Europe's space ministers approved ESA's Hera asteroid mission for construction and launch

According to the data collected by Sentry on 2005 ED224, this asteroid could hit Earth at an average speed of about 98,300 kilometers per hour. NASA classified the rock a Near-Earth Object, which means that its orbits lead it very close to our planet. The asteroids are expected to scrape by the planet at separate times today (Sunday, December 1). NASA's trackers estimate the fastest of the three rocks is barreling through space at speeds of almost 22,750mph (36,611km/h). It will also be Earth's first probe to meet with a binary asteroid system, and a not-so-well understood group, making up nearly 15 % of all known space objects.

A Japanese space probe is heading home from an asteroid 250 million km (155 million miles) from Earth after collecting sub-surface samples that could help scientists search for the origin of life, Japan's space agency said on Monday.

The first space rock to approach Earth today is Asteroid 2019 WH2.

"We can do as many calculations as we like and we have done on paper but until you try it and check your calculations you don't know if you're going to succeed or not".

The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies from NASA first found Asteroid WR3 on the 27th of November, 2019. Important note - out planet is not in danger because of this close visit of the asteroid, not now, not in the future.

NASA also estimates the rock is flying through space at speeds of around 10.17km per second or 22,749mph (36,611km/h). The same thing happened previous year when on 21 December, the asteroid visited our planets orbit by a distance of 0.03431 astronomical units.

NASA expects the rock to appear close to Earth around 9.14pm GMT (4.14pm EDT).

Alan Fitzsimmons, professor of mathematics and physics at the Queens University Belfast, has called on amateur astronomers to help space agencies save our planet. Didymos, twin in Greek, is the size of the pyramid at Giza and was categorised as a potential hazardous object, which scientists forecast would come close to our planet in 2123.

"In fact, some of these orbit paths actually approach Earth, coming just a little farther or a little closer than the Moon's distance".

A single astronomical unit describes the distance from Earth to the Sun or about 93 million miles (149.6 million km).

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