An asteroid the size of a BUS will skim past Earth today - coming within just ... trends now

An asteroid the size of a BUS will skim past Earth today - coming within just ... trends now
An asteroid the size of a BUS will skim past Earth today - coming within just ... trends now

An asteroid the size of a BUS will skim past Earth today - coming within just ... trends now

An asteroid the size of a bus will skim past Earth today – but experts have reassured that there is no cause for alarm. 

The asteroid, called 2024 DW, is expected to come as close as 140,000 miles to our planet today – even closer than the moon. 

It is estimated to be around 42 feet in diameter, which is longer than a London bus and about half the size of a blue whale. 

As 2024 DW flies past Earth, it will be travelling at a speed of just over 40,000 miles per hour – roughly 50 times the speed of sound. 

But despite its close proximity to Earth, it shouldn't pose a threat to our planet.  

The asteroid, called 2024 DW, is expected to come as close as 140,000 miles to our planet on Thursday - even closer than the moon (artist's impression of an approaching space rock)

The asteroid, called 2024 DW, is expected to come as close as 140,000 miles to our planet on Thursday - even closer than the moon (artist's impression of an approaching space rock)

As its name suggests, asteroid 2024 DW was discovered this year by astronomers working on the Mount Lemmon Survey, a project based in Tucson, Arizona

NASA lists it as one of the upcoming close approaches on its online tracker, which compiles upcoming objects that are getting closer and closer to Earth. 

But according to Dr Minjae Kim, a space expert at the University of Warwick's astronomy department, it poses no 'real danger' like most of the asteroids that come near us. 

'While the likelihood of a direct hit on land is reduced due to Earth's vast oceans, the potential impact of an asteroid remains a serious concern,' he added. 

Because the moon is on an elliptical orbit of Earth (one that's not perfectly circular), its distance from us gradually changes.  

According to TheSkyLive, the moon is currently 249,768 miles (401,964 km) away from Earth right now.

That means asteroid 2024 DW will be just over half the distance between Earth and the moon today. 

Pictured is the orbit of asteroid 2024 DW (white) in relation to that of Earth (light blue) and Mars (red)

Pictured is the orbit of asteroid 2024 DW (white) in relation to that of Earth (light blue) and Mars (red)

Due to its relative proximity to Earth, the asteroid is classed as a near-Earth object (NEO) and is being tracked by the space agency. 

A NEO is defined as such when it comes within 1.3 astronomical units (AU) (120.8million miles) of the sun and hence within 0.3 AU (27.8million miles) of Earth's orbit. 

'NEOs are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow

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