Burj Khalifa-sized asteroid to fly past earth

An asteroid more than 800m high and over 500m wide is set to barrel past earth on Sunday 29 November at a whopping speed of 90,000 km/h. Asteroid 2000 WO107 (153201) is as tall as the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa of Dubai (830m). The Asteroid will actually miss the blue planet by nearly 2.7 million miles.

Asteroid 2000 WO107's

The asteroid is a near earth asteroid but will only move past without causing any damage.

As per spacereference.org, it has been classified as a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA), the 153201 is an Aten-class asteroid. NASA JPL has classified it as a ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ due to its predicted close pass with Earth.

Scientists in New Mexico had discovered this asteroid on 29 November 2000 and they have been tracking it ever since. It was last officially observed on 13 January 2018 and after 29 November, it is again supposed to pass by Earth closely on 6 February 2031.

The Asteroid 2000 WO107 orbits the sun every 318 days (0.87 years) coming as close as 0.20 AU and going as far as 1.62 AU from the sun in an orbit that is highly elliptical. The asteroid is larger than 97 percent of asteroids and its spectral type. None indicates that it likely contains nickel, iron and cobalt.

Since the asteroid’s orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth’s orbit at its closest point, it means that the orbit irrelatively close to the Earth’s one. The asteroid has 28 close approaches predicted in the coming decades.

Share this: