The eyes of the world turn to space in order to find out fate Chinese missile A drifter after losing control and expecting to collide with Earth next Sunday, and at the same time, during the next week as well, it is expected to approach Earth for the first time, two asteroids the size of football fields, in a new threat to the planet.
Two asteroids, about the size of soccer fields, are expected to approach Earth next week, according to the Center for Near Object Studies, “CNEOS”, affiliated with the US space agency “NASA”.
The Center for Near Objects Studies specializes in tracking space rocks that sometimes pass near our planet as they orbit around the sun, according to the American magazine Newsweek.
The two asteroids, known as “2021 HC3” and “2021 AE4”, are also referred to as space rocks, and they will approach Earth in a rare event at a distance of nearly 18 times from the moon.
Astronomers say that the orbital distance of asteroids in the African Union, or astronomical units, which are defined as the distance between the sun and the Earth, that when the two asteroids approach Earth’s orbit, they will be 0.047 astronomical units from us, or approximately 4.3 million miles.
The two asteroids are classified as “PHAs”, meaning they pose a threat to Earth. The first asteroid, “2021 HC3”, is expected to pass at about 2.05 pm on next Tuesday at 8:05 pm Cairo time, and the asteroid is at least 460 feet in diameter. It is likely to reach 984 feet in size.
Whereas, the asteroid «2021 AE4» will pass at about 12 pm next Thursday, that is, 5 pm on the same day, Cairo time, and the diameter of the asteroid will reach 393 feet and it is likely that it will reach 853 feet in size.
Each of the asteroids is expected to pass through our planet safely, and a screenshot of their orbital charts can be seen from the CNEOS site showing them at their closest points to Earth.
The Earth attracts about 100 tons of interplanetary material every day, and most of it consists of small dust particles, and it is very rare for a space rock of such a size to affect the surface of our planet.