Asteroid the size of Space Needle tower heading towards Earth on Christmas Day

An enormous asteroid estimated to be the size of the Space Needle tower in Washington will collide with Earth’s orbit on Christmas Day.

As the world celebrates Christmas, asteroid 501647 will zoom past planet Earth at 22,300 miles per hour.

It is expected to pass our planet safely, but will collide with Earth’s orbit ahead of time, as NASA has classified it as an Apollo asteroid.

Apollo asteroids are Near Earth Objects that have a larger axis than the rest of the Earth and therefore collide with the planet in orbit.



The asteroid is estimated to be somewhere between 90 and 210 meters, making it one of the largest asteroids to pass Earth in December.

To put this in perspective, at its upper limit, the asteroid has the potential to be larger than the Space Needle in Washington, Seattle.



Asteroid the size of Space Needle tower heading towards Earth on Christmas Day

The Space Needle is a whopping 184 meters high and was designed for the 1962 World’s Fair.

The Space Needle moves like an asteroid because its engineers equipped the building with a revolving restaurant, spinning at its peak at speeds of about 0.053 mph.



Asteroid the size of Space Needle tower heading towards Earth on Christmas Day

Asteroid 501647 will pass planet Earth on December 25, also known as Christmas Day in some countries.

It flies by just as you are about to go back seconds at 8:20 PM Eastern Standard Time, equivalent to 1:20 AM, making it Boxing Day in the UK.

Another asteroid will grace the sky on Boxing Day, 2012 XE133, will pass Earth for a whole day after 501647.

It is estimated to be between 56 and 120 meters wide, making it quite a bit smaller than the Christmas Day Rock.

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