US space agency NASA has confirmed the asteroid, named 2019 DN, is classified as a Near Earth Object (NEO). NASA’s cutting-edge asteroid-tracking tech anticipates the space rock will skim Earth on Friday, March 8. And NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers calculated the closest approach will occur at 4.19pm GMT (11.19am ET).
The asteroid, measuring 656ft (200m) in diameter, will be barrelling through space at 16,000mph.
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But there is no need to panic, as the asteroid will safely pass Earth’’s orbit come Friday.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The 2019 DN asteroid will in fact be more than 10 times farther away than the moon, meaning this is definitely not a doomsday situation.
In fact, 2019 DN will not even be the biggest asteroid on NASA’s radar this month.
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NASA asteroid warning: 2019 DN will skim Earth on Friday (Image: Getty)
Asteroid 2019 DN: The space rock is travelling at 16,000mph (Image: Getty)
That honour belongs to asteroid 2019 CD5, calculated by NASA to measure 750ft 230m in diameter.
The huge space rock 2019 CD5 will make its closet approach with Earth