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Large Asteroid With Its Own Moon To Pass By Earth This Saturday (May 25)

Huge Asteroid 1999 KW4 to pass by Earth on Saturday, May 25

Large Asteroid With Its Own Moon To Pass By Earth This Saturday

A Mile-Wide Asteroid With Its Own Moon to Pass by Earth This Weekend

Nearly a mile-wide asteroid is expected to pass by the Earth this coming Saturday (May 25, 2019). It carries with it its own moon and it has a speed of 48,000 mph.

Named Asteroid 1999 KW4 by NASA, this humongous space rocket was discovered 20 years ago. Experts say it will be visible up to May 27.

Huge Asteroid 1999 KW4 to pass by Earth on Saturday, May 25
Huge Asteroid 1999 KW4 to pass by Earth on Saturday, May 25

Minor Planet Center of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory classifies this asteroid as “potentially hazardous.” However, it is said to safely pass by the Earth at around 23:05 UTC.

It is estimated that the distance of the Earth from this asteroid is 13.5 times the distance of the planet to the moon or around 3,216,271 miles.

With regard to its size: It is around 1,300 meters across. Its shape is described as “complex shape” by the Las Cumbres Observatory.

It is interesting to note that it has a mountain ridge at its equator. It looks like a spinning top or a walnut, according to experts.

The asteroid, however, will not be visible to the naked eye, according to Eddie Irizarry, NASA ambassador of the Astronomical Society of the Caribbean. He is encouraging amateur astronomers, though, to spot it as it passes by the planet.

“Its fast speed, combined with the size of this asteroid, will allow amateur astronomers to observe it as it moves in front of the stars,” he said.

You also have to have an eight-inch telescope and bigger for you to be able to get a glimpse of the space rock.

Large Asteroid With Its Own Moon To Pass By Earth This Saturday
Large Asteroid With Its Own Moon To Pass By Earth This Saturday

Scientists say that it will again pass by the Earth on May 25, 2036. And, it is noteworthy that it is going to be even closer.

So, let us know your thoughts about this close encounter with a big and possibly “hazardous” asteroid. Help us share this story with your friends and family.

Source: USAToday

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Written by Markus Castro

A cat person by day and a writer by night. He loves to travel to his favorite destinations in Southeast Asia.

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