Massive asteroid to make ‘close approach’ with Earth this weekend | Sunrise – 7NEWS


An asteroid will brush dangerously close with Earth this weekend.

Called 2000 QW7, the space rock is estimated to be around 290 to 650 metres wide, which is almost as big as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

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Thankfully, it will be around five million kilometres from Earth when it passes on September 14, although NASA still classes this as ‘close.’

While it’s extremely unlikely the object will collide with our planet, ANU Astrophysicist Brad tucker explained what would happen if it did.

“This wouldn’t destroy Earth, but it could wipe out a large city in one go,” he told Kochie.

“It would release the energy of tonnes of nuclear bombs and create a crater up to 100 km wide.”

“This is why we worry about these things, and there are lots of them out there.”

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