Can you feel that gust of wind whipping? Was it a summer breeze? Or could it have been the two giant building-sized asteroids pass in front of the Earth this weekend? (It’s not possible, but imagine.)
Both space objects have been documented by NASA and will safely fly past – and miss! — our planet on July 29-30, according to space organization trajectory estimates.
The first asteroid, labeled 2016 CZ31, flew past our night sky on the evening of July 29 and was measured at 400 feet across. It traveled at a rapid speed of 34,560 mph.
The second asteroid, an even larger space rock named 2013 CU83, will pass next on the evening of July 30 – moving at a much smoother speed of 13,153 mph. The two asteroids pass over us more than a million kilometers above our heads, several times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, and well within the safety measures for these celestial bodies.
And these objects regularly pass around our planet, so don’t worry about the end of Earth via a hurtling space object just yet. Earlier this year, a a kilometer wide asteroid passed over the Earth 2.5 million kilometers above our heads, closely watched by NASA for the scientific pleasure and safety of all. Estimates indicate that the next orbit of these particular asteroids will be in January 2028.