In between family, presents, and cookies, there’s one other thing you’re going to want to be on the lookout for: an asteroid. But don’t worry! It has no plans of coming down any of our chimneys, let alone destroying all of them on the face of the planet.
According to Asteroid Watch, the official Twitter of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Near Earth Object Office (that’s a mouthful to get on a business card) astroid 2003 SD220 is going to safely pass by Earth this evening. Key word, safely, since it poses no immediate threat to any sort of our Christmas plans. It will fly by us with a cushion of almost 7 million miles, and that’s waaaay further away than the Moon is to Earth.
There were earlier reports that asteroid 2003 SD220 was going to come much closer, and could cause earthquakes, because, land and space. However, Asteroid Watch was quick to blast those rumors, and cannot stress enough, that the asteroid is going to come nowhere near us. We won’t even be able to see it!
And besides, it’s 2018 we really have to worry about, when the same astroid will fly by us again, after it orbits around the sun. Per NASA, in 2018 the astroid is going to get about 1.8 million miles away from us, before it drifts back into space. AND THEN, in 2070, it’ll fly by again, this time closer to 1.7 million miles away. But let’s worry about that in 2070, OK?
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