Asteroid horror: NASA spot second killer space rock hurtling past Earth this Christmas- NASA News
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While people are feasting on their Christmas leftovers on Boxing Day, a monstrous asteroid will be hurtling past them. On December 26 the planet is due for a close encounter with a behemoth called 310442 (2000 CH59). The space rock was revealed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on its NEO close approach tracker. The monster asteroid is believed to be up to 600 metres wide and big enough to destroy a city. It will zoom past the earth at a distance of 3.6million miles. While this sounds like a huge distance it is minute in cosmic terms. The asteroid is travelling at a staggering speed of 27,500mph (44,172 km/h).It follows last month’s news of another gigantic space rock due to pass the earth just six days before 310442 (2000 CH59).The asteroid, called 216258 2006 WH1, is of a similar size. It will make its 3.7million mile close approach on December 20.The 540metre asteroid is the same size as the World Trade Centre and would cause a significant amount of damage if a collision took place. JUST IN: Scientists created ‘martian chamber’ – and life THRIVEDA new study revealed catastrophe inducing asteroids hit the Earth much more frequently than previously believed. Scientists analysed Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia, which is believed to be the second-largest impact cra…