154-Foot NEO To Zoom Past Earth At 14,000 Kmph

KEY POINTS

  • Asteroid 2020RR2 is set to pass by the Earth on Oct. 6, at 10:55 a.m. EDT
  • The NEO will be as tall as the Chicago Water Tower and half as tall as the Statue of Liberty
  • 2020RR2’s close approach will occur on the same day as Mars’ close approach to Earth

An asteroid about as tall as the Chicago Water Tower will zip past Earth this Tuesday, NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies data reveals. 

Towering at a height of 154 feet, this Near-Earth Object (NEO) will make its approach on Oct. 6, at exactly 10:55 a.m. EDT. Named 2020RR2, it will fly by the planet at about 4.08 kms or 14,000 kmph (8,699 mph). This NEO will be about half as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Along the course of its approach, 2020RR2 can get as close as 6 million kilometers from

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144 Foot NEO To Fly By Earth On Monday

KEY POINTS

  • A 144-foot asteroid is set to fly by Earth on Monday
  • 2020RV2 is about one-fourth as tall as Seattle’s Space Needle
  • The NEO has not been included in ESA’s Risk List

A 144-foot Near-Earth Object (NEO) is set to fly by the planet on Monday, NASA’S Center for Near Earth Object Studies data revealed. 

Though the month of October has just started, it has already been met with a number of asteroids zipping past the planet. On Monday, a 144-foot NEO tagged 2020RV2 is expected to make its flyby at at 6:56 p.m. EDT. To get a better grasp of its size, that’s about seven times as tall as a fully grown giraffe and is about one-fourth as tall as the Space Needle in Seattle.

From a distance of about 5 million kilometers from the planet’s surface, 2020RV2 will be flying by at an astonishing 4.16 kilometers per

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