Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza to fly dangerously close to Earth
NASA rates the approaching asteroid as “potentially hazardous.”
A giant and “potentially hazardous” asteroid that is just a little larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza is hurtling through space in our direction and will skim Earth on 28 August at mind-numbing 11 miles per second.
The rock, named 2019 UI1, is around 524 feet in diameter and is part of the Apollo class, which consists of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids. NASA reports that this giant will come 40 times closer to Earth than it will to Venus, which is closest to us.
August 2019 has already seen quite the number for celestial bodies flying by. Another sizable asteroid (larger than the Empire State Building) whizzed past Earth just this past Saturday, 10 August.