Several asteroids larger than the Pyramid of Giza will pass close to Earth this week and in the coming days. According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, Asteroid 2021 SM3 passed near Earth on Friday. It was discovered last month. The diameter of the giant asteroid is 525 feet, which is taller than the 482 feet tall Great Pyramid of Giza.
If an asteroid of this size collides with the earth, it can cause huge destruction. 2021 SM3 was identified as a near-Earth object. According to NASA, such asteroids remain tied in orbit due to the gravitational force of their nearest planet. At its closest distance it was 3.6 million miles from Earth. However, there is no danger to the Earth at this distance.
The danger is not over yet!
This asteroid was closer than our nearest neighbor Venus, which is located at a distance of 25 million miles from Earth. 2021 SM3 was not the only giant asteroid to pass close to Earth. Seven asteroids larger than MM3 will pass close to our planet by the end of November. The closest of these is 1996 VB3, which will pass 2.1 million miles from Earth on October 20.
Biggest asteroid on November 13
The diameter of the 1996 VB3 asteroid is about 754 feet. The largest of the asteroids moving toward Earth is 2004 UE, which has a diameter of 1,246 feet. It is only a few feet shorter than the Empire State Building. On November 13, 2004 UE will pass 2.6 million miles from Earth. NASA is constantly monitoring the asteroid threats present near Earth. To avoid this, the US Space Agency will launch ‘Dart Mission’ in the coming days.