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NASA believes an asteroid the size of the Burj Khalifa is approaching Earth

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There have already been numerous reports of asteroids passing dangerously near Earth this year. Despite this, there are still several asteroids heading our way. Asteroids and comets, two types of celestial bodies that orbit the sun, can modify their course due to the gravitational pull of other planets. When one of these space objects collides with Earth, it’s a catastrophe. To keep a lookout for an asteroid with a diameter of more than 150 metres, NASA has designated it a potentially hazardous one. As many as five potentially hazardous asteroids with sizes ranging from 84 metres to 1.3 kilometres may approach Earth in the final month of the year. It is rare to find a structure as large as the Eiffel Tower or the Burj Khalifa.

Take a look at this list of asteroids that are heading our way according to NASA

In December 2021


4660 NEREUS

At 3.93 million kilometres away, asteroid 4660 Nereus, with a diameter of 330 metres, will pass Earth on December 11. The storey is said to be about the same size as the Eiffel Tower. It is classed as “possibly hazardous” despite its distance of ten times that of Earth and the Moon because it fits all NASA’s parameters.

163899 (2003 SD220)

On December 17, a massive asteroid with a diameter of 769-816 metres is expected to fly by Earth. In terms of size, it dwarfs the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. As it approaches Earth, the asteroid 163899 will be a little over half a million kilometres away, making it 1.3 times closer than the asteroid range that NASA has defined as potentially hazardous.

The 2016 TR54

It is expected that the 2016 TR54 asteroid, which is between 100 and 230 metres in diameter, would come within 6.4 million kilometres of the Earth on December 24, 2016.

2018 AH

Approximately 84-190 metres in diameter, the asteroid 2018 AH will come within 8.9 million kilometres of Earth on December 27. It’s bigger than the Taj Mahal in terms of size.

2017 AE3

AE3 is the third-largest asteroid to fly past Earth this month, with a diameter between 120 and 260 metres. If the asteroid passes by Earth on December 29, it might be larger than the Statue of Unity. Earth will be passed by the asteroid with a safe distance of 3.1 million kilometres.