Discovered in late September, Asteroid 2019 SP3 set to skim earth within hours

The Asteroid 2019 SP3 is classified as “potentially hazardous” by NASA. The space rock is an estimated to be as large as Buckingham Palace…

The asteroid is set to skim past the planet on Thursday at a distance of 0.97 lunar units.

The object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 13 and 30 m (42 – 98 feet). It was first observed at Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala, Hawaii on September 22, 2019, 11 days before its close approach.

The asteroid is a similar size to the Chelyabinsk meteor, which exploded over Russia back in 2013.

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