There is a football field-sized asteroid heading in Earth's direction, and there is a possibility that it could collide with Earth, according to multiple reports.
Details of the asteroid, identified as 2019 LA, indicate that it has a maximum diameter of about 360 feet, making it nearly 50 feet taller than the famous clock tower in London. As it passes by, it will have an estimated speed of nearly 50,000 miles per hour. To put that in perspective, the moon is 238,900 miles (384,400 km) away. The agency also estimates that the next time the asteroid might make a close encounter with Earth would be in 2032.
Fortunately, there's no chance the asteroid will collide with our planet.
According to the CNEOS database, the asteroid is expected to approach Earth on June 7 at 10:45 pm BST or 5:45 pm ET.
Although 2019 KZ3 is smaller than 2019 LA, it will zoom past Earth at a much closer distance. NASA predicted that once the asteroid makes its approach to Earth, it will only be about 0.1450 astronomical units away, or around 1.3 million miles. It's known as the largest known natural object that has entered Earth's atmosphere since the Tunguska incident back in 1980. The first one on the list has a diameter of just 9 meters while the actual beast rests on the second place: an object called 1979XB, with a diameter of 900 meters that's expected to say hello to us sometime around 2113.
Current modeling of the asteroid's orbit shows it more likely passing by Earth at a distance of over 4.2 million miles (6.8 million km) this September, but ESA says there's a roughly one hundredth of 1% chance the model is way off and it hits our planet instead.
A space rock that has twice the width of the asteroid that blew up in the air over Russian Federation back in 2013 is going to travel at a close distance from Earth this year, in September, and astronomers say that there is a tiny chance that it could have a more significant impact than they initially thought.