An asteroid big enough to wipe out an entire continent is approaching.
The object dubbed 2006 SF6 is locked-in on a “close approach” trajectory. It will approach Earth minutes after midnight on Tuesday, November 21. NASA estimates the rock measures somewhere in the range of 918ft to 2,034ft (280m to 620m) across, taller than the Canton Tower in China, and the Sears Tower in Chicago, US. Asteroid SF6 fits the mould of what NASA considers to be a “potentially hazardous asteroid”. But this is not all ! NASA’s asteroid tracking system has detected a total of three massive space rocks that are expected to fly past Earth next week.
The first asteroid that will visit Earth’s neighborhood has been identified by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) as 2019 UR2, with a diameter of 721 feet. It is expected to fly past Earth on Nov. 18 at 1:58 am EST, at 4.3 million miles from the planet’s center. The second asteroid that CNEOS is currently tracking is called 2019 UK6, with a diameter of 361 feet. It will be near Earth on Nov. 20 at 1:20 am EST, at 3.7 million miles away from Earth. And the last, you guess, is 2008 SF6, just described here.