NASA has just detected a swarm of 16 asteroids, which are hurtling towards Earth this week.
According to the agency’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), Earth will be visited by a total of seven asteroids.
These asteroids have been designated 2019 TU, 2019 TW1, 2019 RK, 2019 TC1, 2019 SB6, 2019 TM and 2019 TS, reports the Express .
They will arrive starting at 2:27 a.m. EDT until 10:36 a.m. EDT on Tuesday.
According to CNEOS, 2019 T1 will zip past the planet from 0.00378 astronomical units or roughly 351,000 miles away, which is just slightly greater than the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
These asteroids, namely 2019 TV1, 2019 TZ and 2019 SL7 will be heading past Earth early in the morning time on this date.
With diameters ranging from 29 to 38 meters, the approaching asteroids are relatively small but would deadly if they made impact.
Only one asteroid will zip past Earth on October 10.
The big one
It is known as 2019 SX5, this asteroid is the largest one from the group with an estimated diameter of 140 meters.
This Great Pyramid sized asteroid will approach the Earth on October 10.
It should stay at a distance of 0.04533 astronomical units or about 4.2 million miles away.
On Saturday, October 12, Earth will be visited by four more asteroids.
Compared to 2019 SX5, the asteroids 2019 TN1, 2019 SK8, 2019 SV9 and 2019 SE2 are significantly smaller with diameters averaging from 25 to 90 meters.
These four asteroids are expected to visit Earth’s vicinity between early on Saturday time.
The last asteroid that will fly by Earth this week is called 2019 TT1.
This 38-meter-wide asteroid will approach Earth on October 13 at a distance of 0.00744 astronomical units or about 692,000 miles away.