Giant asteroid, 2014 QJ33, about the size of London Bridge, will be in close proximity of Earth


On September 17, a giant Asteroid 2014 QJ33 about the size of London Bridge will fly past the Earth. The gigantic asteroid will come in close proximity of Earth and will pass through its orbit, The giant space rock is predicted to be 48m to 110m, or 157 to 360 feet, wide. It is classified as the Apollo asteroid with a peak diameter of 110 meters. The rock will be flying at a speed of 8.66 kilometers a second or 19,371 miles per hour. The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) scientists predicted that the asteroid would not be a threat to human life. Asteroid (NEO) 2014 QJ33 is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius.


These asteroids are monitored very closely and, thanks to high precision position observations and celestial mechanic computations, their orbit is usually known with a high level of precision. Considering the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid 2014 QJ33 with the Earth is happening on Thursday 17 September 2020 at 23:50 UTC time. The closest distance between Asteroid 2014 QJ33 and the Earth is 2,563,156 kilometers, which is a distance equivalent to 6.6668 Lunar Distances, or 402.32 Earth Radii.