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‘Stadium sized’ asteroid moving towards Earth, NASA warns  

The giant space rock will be followed shortly after by 2020 BV9 (23 meters), which will pass at a distance of 5.6 million kilometers, and 2021 CC5 (40 meters), which will pass at roughly 6.9 million kilometers.

By Anukul Chauhan
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The US space agency, NASA has warned of a salvo of space rocks headed for Earth, with the biggest asteroid reaching 213 meters (almost 700 feet) in diameter.

The agency said that the “stadium-sized” asteroid 2020 XU6, travelling through space at a speed of 8.4 kilometres per second (over 30,000 kmph), will approach Earth on Monday. The giant boulder is expected to miss the planet by roughly four million kilometers – or two and a half million miles. Given that the circumference of the Earth is 40,075 kilometers, it would take the asteroid a little over an hour to complete a lap of the entire planet.

To put that into perspective, this asteroid is twice as tall as London’s Big Ben and two and a half times as tall as the Statue of Liberty. 

The giant space rock will be followed shortly after by 2020 BV9 (23 meters), which will pass at a distance of 5.6 million kilometers, and 2021 CC5 (40 meters), which will pass at roughly 6.9 million kilometers.

 

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