Giant Christmas Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth

GIANT asteroid to pass close to Earth on Christmas Day

A truly enormous asteroid measuring 689 feet wide – that’s the length of two football fields folks – will make a “close approach” to Earth on Christmas Day. According to NASA, the enormous rock called 501647 (2014 SD224) will pass out planet within 1.9million miles, which is pretty close by space standards.

The asteroid is technically classed as “potentially hazardous” because of its proximity, but NASA have assured the people of planet Earth that there is no need to cancel their Christmas dinner plans, as they will be keeping a close eye on it. The asteroid will be at its closest at around 20:20 UTC.

Star gazers have already been delighted this festive season, as the rare sight of the elusive Christmas Star was visible in our skies on December 21. The Christmas star appears when Saturn and Jupiter align and come so close together that appear as a single star or ‘double planet’.

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Sarah Keane

Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.

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