Three asteroids to zip past Earth today; no danger: PSI

Christopher Davidson
November 11, 2018

Getty Images 2018 VR1 is thought to be slightly larger than VS1, with an estimated diameter between 45 ft and 100 ft.

Nasa expects the asteroids to make "close approaches" with our planet on Saturday. These include asteroid 2018 VS1, which will pass about 861,700 miles (1.38 million km) away from Earth - nearly four times as far away from the Earth as the moon is - at 9:03 a.m. EST (14:03 UTC). The asteroids - the biggest of which is predicted to measure up to 30 metres across - will whizz past our planet on November 10.

Meanwhile, asteroid 2018 VR1 is expected to fly by Earth at 9:19 a.m. EST (14:19 UTC) on Saturday. He will pass by our planet is 1.4 million kilometers.

If that wasn't enough for you, we're also set for a close encounter with an ominous, skull-shaped object called the 'Halloween Death Comet' this weekend. NASA predicts space rock 2018 VX1 will reach a close approach of around 237,000 miles. Luckily, none of the other asteroids pose a threat of impact because of their trajectories - but NASA still classifies their approaches as "close".

Talking to MCI, Kumar said the three objects, discovered on November 3 and 4 will be passing within the moons orbit but there was no danger to Earth.

"Note that a 'close" passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometres'.

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An asteroid is a large chunk of rock left over from collisions or the early solar system.

A comet is a rock covered in ice, methane and other compounds.

To you sky-watchers out there, unless you have a satellite handy, don't bother gazing upwards for any of the asteroids - they're just too small and too far away.

A TRIO of asteroids will skim past Earth in a matter of hours this weekend.

To put it in perspective, the Chelyabinsk asteroid - also referred to as a meteor - that disintegrated over Russian Federation in 2013 was believed to have been 20 metres in diameter.

For example, if Earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris burns up in the atmosphere, forming a meteor shower.

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