This week, many asteroids will fly past the Earth and two of them are about the size of the Eiffel Tower.
Five asteroids will fly past Earth on 6th January. The first asteroid, named 2021 AC, is about 73.5 meters in diameter. 2021 AC already flew past our planet at a speed of 50,652 kmph in the morning. The second asteroid, called 2016 CO247, is about 340 meters in diameter, moving at a speed of 60,228 kmph. It flew past the Earth just after the 2021 AC.
The third asteroid, named 2021 AJ, is less than 20 meters in diameter and will fly past the Earth in the evening. The fourth one, called 2018 KP1, is about 41 meters in diameter and traveling at a speed of 15,948 kmph It will fly past the planet at 3.1 million km just two hours after the 2021 AJ. The fifth asteroid, called 2021 AU, is 60 meters in diameter and it will fly past Earth at just 1.42 million kms.
The sixth asteroid, named 2008 AF4, will fly past Earth on 7th January, around 2:30 AM. It has an average diameter of about 500 meters and it is moving at a speed of 39,654 kmph.
Out of these six asteroids, two asteroids — 2016 CO247 and 2008 AF4 — are about the size of the Eiffel Tower. If they hit the Earth, they could cause damage equivalent to the Hiroshima bomb blast.
Fortunately, the giant asteroids 2016 CO247 and 2008 AF4 are over 7.4 million km and 15 million km away respectively from our planet and they do not cause any harm.
According to NASA, only Near-Earth Objects can cause damage on Earth, especially larger objects. Most of them burn into small pieces upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere and hit the Earth’s surface.