According to NASA, a huge asteroid is set to fly past Earth at more than 30,000 mph on Tuesday. The Near Earth Object 2013 MD8 measures between 126 feet and 282 feet long, and is set to pass Earth at 12:55 p.m. EST at a speed of 30,418 mph. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry, as it will pass our planet at 15.1 lunar distances, or around 3 million miles away – each lunar distance is 238,900 miles. Read more for a video explaining NASA’s plan to save Earth from a huge asteroid.
“In 2017, a skyscraper-sized asteroid named 2010 NY65 flew past Earth at about eight times the distance between Earth and the Moon. The Moon is an average of 238,855 miles away from the Earth. A small chunk of an asteroid or comet is also known as a meteoroid. When it enters Earth’s atmosphere, it becomes a meteor or fireball or shooting star,” reports Fox News.