Large asteroid approaching Earth on Could 16

An undated illustration shows the asteroid called 2020 XL5, an asteroid companion to Earth that orbits the sun along the same path as our planet, that is about 1.2 kilometers (0.73 miles) in diameter. It is known as a Trojan asteroid and is only the second one known around Earth. — Reuters/ file


An undated illustration shows the asteroid called 2020 XL5, an asteroid companion to Earth that orbits the sun along the same path as our planet, that is about 1.2 kilometers (0.73 miles) in diameter. It is known as a Trojan asteroid and is only the second one known around Earth. — Reuters/ file
An undated illustration shows the asteroid called 2020 XL5, an asteroid companion to Earth that orbits the sun along the same path as our planet, that is about 1.2 kilometers (0.73 miles) in diameter. It is known as a Trojan asteroid and is only the second one known around Earth. — Reuters/ file

American space agency NASA has warned that a massive asteroid is heading towards the Earth.

NASA is monitoring the space rock Asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) and said that it will get close to our planet at 2.48am local time on May 16.

The space agency said that the asteroid is estimated to be wider than 960 feet. In comparison, it is 50 times as tall as a giraffe and almost as big as the Eiffel Tower.

If the asteroid hits, it can be catastrophic. The calculations by NASA, however, show that the asteroid is almost 5.7 million kilometres away from the planet. 

NASA has flagged the upcoming incident as a “close approach” because, in space terms, this is not considered a lot of distance.

NDTV reported that Asteroid 388945 visited us in May 2020 as well and was even closer to us then.



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