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3 asteroids will fly past Earth on Saturday. Here is why there is no need to panic


While it is true that a newly discovered asteroid will be passing within the moon's orbit, it poses no danger to Earth.


Now, if that sounds close, consider this: all the planets in our solar system, including Pluto, can fit between Earth and the moon.


So far, based on the relatively limited observations of 2018 VX1, astronomers have calculated that this is the closest the 11-metre-wide rock will come to Earth until 2110 (it has an orbital period around the sun of 1.6 years).


Hypothetically, if 2018 VX1 were to enter Earth's atmosphere at some point in the very distant future, there would be a nice light show and likely some sound, but no catastrophic damage.


ET, 2018 VS1, which is around 17 metres wide, will whiz byat roughly 38,000 km/h, at a distance of more than 1.3 million kilometres from Earth.


As an amateur astronomer, Nicole can be found looking up at the night sky appreciating the marvels of our universe.






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