Do You Feel Lucky? An Enormous Asteroid Is Set to Whizz Past Earth on Friday the 13th.


An enormous asteroid, measuring 243-feet wide and about the width of a Boeing 747 plane, is set to fly nearby Earth tomorrow, Dec. 13, at a speed of almost 18,000 mph (more than 28,000 km/h).

The Aten space rock, dubbed 2019 XO1, is an earth-crossing asteroid and classified as potentially hazardous.

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A huge asteroid is set to whizz past Earth on Friday the 13th. Picture by Mike Agliolo/Corbis

Asteroid 2019 XO1 will whizz past earth at a shockingly close 0.03033 astronomical units (1.9 million miles or more than 3 million kilometers away) at 8:25 am on the unlucky Friday the 13th.

The celestial body has an Earth-crossing orbit with the sun and will flyby perpendicular to our planet.

The space rock is classified as an Aten asteroid, meaning that its orbiting around a number of celestial bodies in the solar system including the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and Earth and loves to intersect earth’s orbit.

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A large Aten asteroid is set to whizz past earth on Friday the 13th. Map showing the location of Aten space rocks in the solar system. Andrew Buck / CC BY-SA 3.0 / via Wikipedia

The heavenly body was first identified on Dec. 3, although it frequently passes by.

If it doesn’t impact earth tomorrow (that would actually be really bad luck!) the potentially hazardous near-Earth object will make its next close approach on December 22, 2022.

According to NASA, 13 asteroids are expected to fly past Earth in December 2019. But maybe, or as usuall, astronomers will find some new celestial threats just days before they possibly impact earth.

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  1. FRIDAY 13 2019 and asteroid is passing earth also masses up gravity of moon and hi tides. I expect a lot of quakes in the ring of fires from 5.0 to 7.5 and plus. We already seen so many 5.0 and pluses since my prediction before full moon. Just keep watch ring of fires? West coast USA to Alaska and Japan and all global faults are in dangers?

  2. The reason Friday the 13th is considered unlucky is because that was the day the Knights Templar were betrayed, their order disbanded and many of them, including the leader of the order, tortured and burned at the stake. The day has been considered unlucky ever since.

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