NASA announced the approach of a huge asteroid 153201 (2000 WO107) to Earth. Its dimensions range from 370 to 820 meters, specified on the website of the NASA Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects.
It is indicated that the asteroid will approach the Earth on November 29 and the distance between the planet and 2000 (WO107) will be over four million kilometers, which is more than 10 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. However, it is still considered dangerous as it crosses the Earth’s orbit.
According to the Asterank database, which allows spectral classification of asteroids, 2000 WO107 contains nickel, iron and cobalt. The cost of minerals on an asteroid could be more than $ 17 billion, RIA Novosti writes.
In October, it was reported that scientists at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii had detected changes in the speed of the large asteroid Apophis, which poses a potential threat to Earth. The weak acceleration, which could contribute to a dangerous convergence in 2068, arose from inhomogeneous thermal radiation from the object’s surface. The astronomers presented their conclusions in a press release published on the website of the educational institution.