Huge asteroid bigger than Big Ben to pass Earth today with even larger one due next week

A space rock known by NASA as the 2013 asteroid YD48, with a huge width of 104 meters, will pass Earth today as it moves within 3.48 million miles of our planet

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A massive asteroid wider than Big Ben is going to pass Earth today – just days before a larger asteroid will fly by.

The rock, dubbed asteroid 2013 YD48 by NASA, will move within 3.48 million miles of our planet today as it rushes through space.

The asteroid measures an enormous 104 meters, making it wider than the famous Westminster landmark, Big Ben.

Despite its impressive size, it’s a little too small to be considered a potentially dangerous object – a name for space junk that was discovered by the space agency and could turn out to be a threat.

Although confirmed for today, NASA did not provide an exact time this asteroid would visit.

The space rock is 104 miles wide, larger than London’s Big Ben
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Another asteroid – far larger than YD48 and about two and a half times the size of the Empire State Building – will swerve past Earth at 4:51 p.m. EST on January 18.

Asteroid (7482) 1994 PC1 – 1.1 km in diameter – will soar through space 1.2 million miles from Earth.

It will be our closest encounter with this particular asteroid for at least the next 200 years, like that inverse.com.

And it’s so close that amateur astronomers may be able to catch a glimpse of their gardens, according to the publication.

An asteroid will pass Earth today as it moves within 3.48 million miles of our planet (stock image)
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In terms of rock today, the 3.48 million miles gap may seem massive, but it is actually rather modest in terms of space.

In fact, NASA classifies anything that moves within 120 million miles of the earth as a Near-Earth Object (NEO).

Because of the distances they fly in, tiny changes in their trajectory could be of concern to geoscientists.

Scientists track thousands of them to see how close they get to Earth.

And 2013 YD48 isn’t the only asteroid slated to become a near-Earth object in the coming weeks.

There are three more passing the globe before this happens.

The 2021 YK, which is 12 m wide, will fly within 118,000 miles of the planet this Sunday.

And then the year 2014 YE15, which is only 7 meters wide, will pass on January 6th and approach 4.6 million miles of Earth.

The third and final asteroid is 2020 AP1, the smallest with a diameter of only 4 meters, and it will pass on January 7th at a distance of 1.08 million miles from us.

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