Space News: Asteroid 2020 SX3 Close to Earth

Space News: Asteroid 2020 SX3 Close to Earth

The asteroid is officially called 2020 SX3 as it heads towards Earth.

The bad news is that this space rock is between 38 and 86 meters wide, according to NASA – that’s the size of three double-decker buses.

The good news is that it is Should Swing away from our planet (Earth) with no chance of a direct hit.

You will travel at an amazing speed of 10.88 kilometers per second which is about 40 thousand kilometers per hour.

NASA says that although the asteroid will fly 1.7 million kilometers, it is close enough to be considered a Near-Earth Object (NEO).

“Near-Earth objects are comets and asteroids that are pushed by the gravity of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the neighborhood of the Earth.” NASA explains.

The asteroid will be closest to Earth on October 8th.

Rare blue moon

While we’re talking about cool things in space, this year’s Halloween looks pretty scary with a rare lunar event set to light the sky.

A blue moon – the origin of the common term – occurs when two full moons descend in one calendar month.

This phenomenon occurs once every two or three years.

The lunar event will take place on October 31 for the first time in 19 years. credit: Getty Images
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