KEY POINTS

  • NASA detected four asteroids currently approaching Earth
  • One of the approaching asteroids is bigger than the Eiffel Tower
  • 2012 XA133 can destroy a city if it hits Earth 

NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) is currently monitoring four space rocks that are headed for Earth. Based on the data collected by CNEOS, one of the approaching asteroids is a city-killer near-Earth object that’s bigger than the Empire State Building.

According to CNEOS, the first asteroid that will fly past Earth tomorrow is called 2020 FV4. The agency estimated that this asteroid is currently flying toward the planet at a speed of over 19,000 miles per hour. It has an estimated diameter of about 164 feet.

2020 FV4 is expected to visit Earth’s neighborhood on March 26 at 7:07 a.m. EDT. During this time, the asteroid will fly past Earth from a distance of about 0.02505 astronomical units or roughly 2.3 million miles away.

The next asteroid that will approach Earth tomorrow is known as 2020 FP. According to CNEOS, this asteroid measures about 128 feet wide and is currently traveling across the Solar System at an average velocity of 21,000 miles per hour.

CNEOS noted that 2020 FP would pass by Earth on March 26 at 7:39 p.m. EDT from a safe distance of 0.03767 astronomical units, which is equivalent to 3.5 million miles away.

Trailing behind 2020 FP is an asteroid called 2012 XA133, which is the biggest and fastest in the group. As indicated in CNEOS’ database, this asteroid measures about 1,280 feet wide, which makes it more massive than the Eiffel Tower in France.

CNEOS noted that this asteroid is moving towards Earth with a speed of almost 53,000 miles per hour. Due to its massive size and speed, which are enough to destroy an entire city during an impact event, CNEOS labeled 2012 XA133 as a potentially hazardous asteroid.

According to CNES, 2012 XA133 will approach Earth March 26 at 10:52 pm EDT from about 0.04453 astronomical units or around 4 million miles away.

The last asteroid that’s expected to debut in Earth’s neighborhood tomorrow has been identified as 2020 FV3. This asteroid has an estimated diameter of 59 feet. It is expected to fly past Earth on March 26 at 11:07 pm EDT with an average speed of almost 15,000 miles per hour.

During its flyby, the asteroid will be about 0.02642 astronomical units or roughly 2.5 million miles away.

asteroids This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech