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Massive asteroid with its own moon to pass close to Earth

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Massive asteroid with its own moon to pass close to Earth

Massive asteroid with its own moon to pass close to Earth

A massive asteroid with its own mini moon will be passing close to Earth this weekend.

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RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN A massive asteroid with its own mini moon will be passing close to Earth this weekend.

According to NASA, Asteroid 1999 KW4 is a binary system composed of a nearly mile-wide main body shaped like a walnut or spinning top, orbited by a smaller rock that is a third of a mile across.

Each orbit takes 17 and a half hours, according to the Las Cumbres Observatory.

NASA reports that the asteroid has been doing flybys several times each century since the 1600s, and will be making another close approach to Earth on May 25.

Although classified as 'potentially hazardous' by the Minor Planet Center, the asteroid will be passing near Earth at a safe distance of more than three million miles, or over 13.5 lunar distances.

CNET reports that Asteroid 1999 KW4 will be moving fast at 48,123 miles per hour when it flies by, which may make it easier for amateur observers to see.

According to NASA, double asteroid's next approach will be closer, but won't be until 2036.

RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1.

Asteroid 1999 KW4 consists of mile-wide main body with a smaller moon orbiting it 2.

Asteroid 1999 KW4 to pass close to Earth on May 25 3.

Asteroid will pass at a safe distance despite classified as potentially hazardous 4.

Asteroid will be moving at 48,123 miles per hour VOICEOVER (in English): "According to NASA, Asteroid 1999 KW4 is a binary system composed of a nearly mile-wide main body shaped like a walnut or spinning top, orbited by a smaller rock that is a third of a mile across." "Each orbit takes 17 and a half hours, according to the Las Cumbres Observatory." "NASA reports that the asteroid has been doing flybys several times each century since the 1600s, and will be making another close approach to Earth on May 25." "Although classified as 'potentially hazardous' by the Minor Planet Center, the asteroid will be passing near Earth at a safe distance of more than three million miles, or over 13.5 lunar distances." "CNET reports that Asteroid 1999 KW4 will be moving fast at 48,123 miles per hour when it flies by, which may make it easier for amateur observers to see." SOURCES: NASA, Las Cumbres Observatory, CNET https://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/1999KW4/1999KW4_planning.2019.html https://asteroidtracker.lco.global/asteroid/14/ https://www.cnet.com/news/walnut-asteroid-nearly-a-mile-wide-seen-approaching-with-its-own-moon/ *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377




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