Asteroid the size of a BUS will fly by the Earth closer than the moon tomorrow

Asteroid the size of a BUS will fly by the Earth closer than the moon tomorrow - and can be seen with a 12-inch telescope Asteroid 2020 SW is set to pass by Earth just 13,000 miles from the surface The object will be closer to Earth than its moon, which is 24,000 miles away NASA experts say it should not impact Earth, but if it does, the asteroid will break up in the atmosphere and fall from the sky as a fireball Those on the ground can view the asteroid using a 12-in telescope It will make its closest approach at 7:12am September 24

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Published: 21:00 BST, 23 September 2020 | Updated: 21:00 BST, 23 September 2020

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An asteroid the size of a bus is set to make a close flyby of Earth on September 24.

Dubbed 2020 SW, the object will travel pass some 13,000 miles from Earth, which is closer than moon and weather satellites floating in space.

After the asteroid was spotted by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on September 18, follow-up observations determined it is 15 to 30 feet wide and will make its closes approach at 7:12am ET.

Experts say 2020 SW is not on an impact trajectory with Earth, but if it were, the space rock would likely break up in the atmosphere and become a fireball before hitting the surface.

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An asteroid the size of a bus is set to make a close flyby of Earth on September 24. Dubbed 2020 SW, the object will travel pass some 13,000 miles from Earth, which is closer than moon and weather satellites floating in space

An asteroid the size of a bus is set to make a close flyby of Earth on September 24. Dubbed 2020 SW, the object will travel pass some 13,000 miles from Earth, which is closer than moon and weather satellites floating in space

Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said: 'There are a large number of tiny asteroids like this one, and several of them approach our planet as close as this several times every year.'

'In fact, asteroids of this size impact our atmosphere

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