NASA is reporting that a giant asteroid will fly past Earth just after Christmas. The asteroid is known as 310442 (2000 CH59.) It will be closest to Earth on December 26 at 2:54 a.m. EST, NASA said.
NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies estimates its diameter is in the range of 919 to 2,034 feet. It could be as large as One World Trade Center in New York City, which is 1,792 feet.
“Over many centuries and millennia these asteroids might evolve into Earth-crossing orbits,” Paul Chodas, director of CNEOS told Newsweek.
The asteroid will travel at around 27,500 miles per hour and be around 4.5 million miles from Earth. Although the asteroid is close to Earth in astronomical terms, it will still be far enough away that we shouldn’t be worried, Chodas said.