Asteroid bigger than Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket to collide with Earth’s orbit

An asteroid that has the potential to be bigger than Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket is set to collide with Earth’s orbit on Wednesday.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is tracking a giant space rock (2019 YP5) through its Centre for Near Earth Object Studies.

It is estimated to fly past Earth on February 10, 2021, at around 5.58pm eastern standard time, which is equivalent to 10.58pm GMT in the UK.

Thousands of asteroids are tracked every year by NASA, but asteroid 2019 YP5 is bigger than the average rock at an estimated diameter of between 92m and 210m.

At the middle end of this estimate, the asteroid will be bigger than Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket when it is ready for launch.

The rocket, dubbed Falcon 9, stands at a whopping 207.8ft when topped with the Dragon spacecraft, the equivalent to 70m.

To launch the rocket, Elon Musk’s SpaceX team will need to pair the rocket Flacon 9 rocket with the new SpaceX system – Starship and Super Heavy booster.

Combined, these parts are 118m tall on the launch pad, making asteroid 2019 YP5 bigger than the billionaire’s space machine.

Asteroid 2019 YP5 will also be travelling at tremendous speeds, with NASA estimating the rock will zip past earth at 13.55 kilometre per second, the equivalent to 30,310 miles per hour.

The space administration classes the asteroid as an Aten asteroid.

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An Aten asteroid is an asteroid that whose orbits bring them into proximity with Earth.

By definition, Aten asteroids are earth-crossing, but there’s no need to worry because even though 2019 YP5 is describe as an NEO, it will be millions of miles away when it passes.

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