HThe ASA is currently keeping a close eye on a huge asteroid that is heading towards Earth right now.
The US space agency predicted that Asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) will make a close approach to the Earth on Sunday, May 15.
The asteroid is about 1,608 feet wide, making it even larger than New York’s world-famous Empire State Building, which is 1,454 feet tall.
As a result, such a huge asteroid will cause serious damage if it hits the Earth in the coming days.
However, NASA has stated that asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) should pass our planet at a distance of approximately 3.5 million miles.
Although this may seem like a significant distance from our planet, it is not that much on the scale of space.
If an asteroid is 4.65 million miles away and of a certain size, then space agencies consider it “potentially hazardous” and asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) fits that description.
NASA says the asteroid should pass at over 18,000 miles per hour, around 5:15 pm ET and 9:18 pm BST.
2009 JF1 asteroid panic
Another asteroid was supposed to fall to Earth only last week, May 6th. Asteroid JF1 2009 which was discovered back in 2009.
Although it was predicted that it could hit our planet, new calculations were made earlier in 2022 that greatly reduced the likelihood of this happening.
As a result, the space object passed at a distance of 28 million miles from the Earth.
Even though this asteroid was only 10 meters in diameter, there was still a lot of panic, as this asteroid was moving at a very high speed of 23.92 kilometers per second, but ultimately there was no impact.