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Asteroid 1994 XD is approaching Earth. It can be bigger than the tallest building on our planet

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An asteroid classified as “potentially dangerous” will pass the Earth on Sunday night into Monday. The object, named 1994 XD, could be up to 830 meters long, making it larger than any building on Earth. It also has its own satellite.

According to the Center for Research on Near Earth Objects (CNEOS) NASA, “potentially dangerous” asteroid 1994 XD will pass the Earth on Sunday night into Monday. On June 12 at 2.53 a.m. it will approach our planet to a distance of about 3.1 million kilometers, which is about eight times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.

1994 XD. A rock the size of a skyscraper

1994 XD, first observed in December 1994, ranges in length from 370 to 830 meters – making it perhaps slightly longer than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (828 meters). The celestial body does not travel through space alone – it is accompanied by a small satellite discovered in 2005.

Asteroid 1994 XD is classified as a “potentially hazardous object”, as is any celestial body larger than 140 m in diameter that passes the Earth at a distance of 7.48 million km or closer. An unexpected change in the orbit of such a rock could send it on a collision course with our planet. There are currently 2,300 Potentially Hazardous Objects (PHOs) known to us.

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Orbit 1994 XDssd.jpl.nasa.gov

LiveScience, CNEOS, NASA SSD

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