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.
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.
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.