154-Foot NEO To Zoom Past Earth At 14,000 Kmph

KEY POINTS

  • Asteroid 2020RR2 is set to pass by the Earth on Oct. 6, at 10:55 a.m. EDT
  • The NEO will be as tall as the Chicago Water Tower and half as tall as the Statue of Liberty
  • 2020RR2’s close approach will occur on the same day as Mars’ close approach to Earth

An asteroid about as tall as the Chicago Water Tower will zip past Earth this Tuesday, NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies data reveals. 

Towering at a height of 154 feet, this Near-Earth Object (NEO) will make its approach on Oct. 6, at exactly 10:55 a.m. EDT. Named 2020RR2, it will fly by the planet at about 4.08 kms or 14,000 kmph (8,699 mph). This NEO will be about half as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Along the course of its approach, 2020RR2 can get as close as 6 million kilometers from

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