A few weeks back we brought to your attention Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2), a behemoth of a space rock that is expected to make a relatively close pass by Earth near the end of the month of April. According to the agency, the biggest asteroid in the group is about as big as the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The 2020 FK asteroid is the smallest of the four, measuring just 43 feet in diameter.
The space rock measures about 59 feet - nearly as long as a standard bowling lane - and judging by CNEOS data is heading across the Solar System Earth-bound at a velocity of over 15,000 miles per hour.
The four asteroids in question have been named by CNEOS as 2020 FK, 2020 FS, 2020 DP4 and 2020 FF1. It is presently hurtling through space at a speed of over 37,000kmph, and will approach Earth from a distance of 1.36 million kilometres. These two asteroids will approach Earth on Saturday, March 21 - the 2020 FK will fly by our planet at 9:35AM IST, while the 2020 FS will flash past at 8:59PM IST.
2020 FS, on the other hand, will zip past the planet on March 21 at 11:29 a.m. EDT.
When the people were engulfed in the fears of the outbreak of coronavirus, netizens were blown away with the claim of an asteroid going to hit Earth and will probably destroy the civilization. In Indian time, both these asteroids will fly past on early Monday, March 23 - the 2020 DP4 will fly past us at 12:04AM on March 23, will the 2020 FF1 will whoosh past at 3:39AM. It is now moving across the Solar System at a speed of 18,000 miles per hour. This space rock measures about 49 feet wide and is moving towards Earth at a velocity of nearly 29,000 miles per hour.
According to NASA, Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) is somewhere between 0.9 miles and 2.54 miles in diameter.