The most accepted theory for the extinction of the dinosaurs is that a huge asteroid collided with Earth 65 million years ago, on the territory of today’s’ Mexic. It created a huge blanket of dust and ashes that blocked the sunlight, so that life would not be sustained anymore. Unfortunately, scientists believe that it’s not a matter of “if”, but “WHEN” it will happen again.
Luckily for us, we are pretty safe for now, because we have the Sun and the planet Jupiter in our solar system. Those two cosmic objects have a gravitational pull so strong that it attracts most of the asteroids and comets that are roaming around near us. But one more unwanted visitor is approaching Earth…
2019 WR3 is as big as the Egyptian pyramids
The new asteroid is called 2019 WR3, and it will pass our planet on Friday at 27,036 km/hr., according to the guys from NASA. Although it’s very big, the asteroid had been spotted for the first time last week. 2019 WR3 has been classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO) by NASA, which means that it will approach at a very close distance to Earth. Well, “close” at an astronomical scale, so there’s no need to worry about the asteroid hitting our planet.
NASA brings worrying conclusions
Whether we like it or not, the 2019 WR3 asteroid is pretty scary, even if it won’t hit our precious planet. The space agency concluded that the asteroid has a diameter of somewhere between 76m to 170m. To put it in more familiar words, the asteroid has the size of a football field. This is more than enough to create horrible damages among many cities.
The 2019 W3 asteroid will pass within 5.44 million km of Earth. Although it may sound like a huge distance for us humans, at an astronomical scale it’s practically nothing.