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A Pyramid-Size Asteroid Is Approaching Earth, ESA Expands Risk List

NASA has announced that a large pyramid-size asteroid is approaching Earth and it is moving fast. The space agency expects the space rock to come near the planet this week but noted it will not enter the atmosphere. 

The asteroid, named 2019 SX5, measures 459 feet or 140 meters in diameter. That is just as high as the Great Pyramid of Giza, Live Science reported Thursday

NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) said the object is moving at a speed of 49,000 mph. Despite the size and speed of SX5, officials said people should not worry since its closest distance to Earth would be more than 4 million miles or 6 million kilometers.

The chances of being hit by asteroids the size of SX5 occurs only once every 10,000 years, according to CNEOS. And the space rocks bigger than 0.6 miles strike Earth once every 100,000 years. 

But humans may still experience a massive impact in the future. CNEOS predicts that a large object called 29075, nearly 1 mile in diameter, would hit Earth in 2880. 

Estimates show that 29075 is moving slower than SX5 at more than 31,000 mph. But with its size, it could still threaten humanity. 

NASA is not the only space agency monitoring space objects moving towards Earth. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently updated its “Risk List,” which includes large and fast-moving space rocks that could hit the planet.

ESA added the asteroid named 2019 SU3 to the list. The agency said the trajectory of the rock suggests it may collide with Earth over the next 70 years, Fox News reported Thursday

"The Risk List is a catalog of all objects for which a non-zero impact probability has been detected," the ESA stated on its website. "Each entry contains details on the Earth approach posing the highest risk of impact (as expressed by the Palermo Scale). It includes its date, size, velocity and probability."

ESA predicts the exact date of collision would be on Sept. 16, 2084. NASA is also monitoring 2019 SU3, but the U.S. space agency suggests it may arrive in 2077, seven years earlier than ESA’s report. 

asteroid Experts warn another life-threatening asteroid could hit Earth in the future and wipe out the entire humanity. Pixabay

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