Published On: Sun, Sep 15th, 2019

A Huge 853-Foot Asteroid Flagged As ‘Potentially Hazardous’ Will Cruise By Earth Tomorrow

A near-Earth asteroid approaching our planet.

A huge asteroid thought to be so large that it could potentially fit the Great Pyramid of Giza nearly two times over is headed toward us for a close encounter with planet Earth tomorrow. Known as asteroid 2019 RC, the giant space rock is estimated to measure as much as 853 feet in diameter and was flagged as potentially dangerous, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have announced.

Hurtling through space at a cruising speed of more than 33,700 mph, the formidable space rock will reach Earth’s vicinity on Monday afternoon. While a close encounter with an asteroid of this size is certainly unnerving, NASA assures that there’s no reason to panic. The massive asteroid will harmlessly pass by Earth at 4:43 p.m. ET on September 16, only coming within a little over 4.1 million miles of the planet’s surface. To put that into perspective, that’s a little over 17 times the distance to the moon.

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A Huge 853-Foot Asteroid Flagged As ‘Potentially Hazardous’ Will Cruise By Earth Tomorrow