Asteroid ‘bigger than the Golden Gate Bridge’ set to collide with Earth’s orbit

An Asteroid bigger than the Golden Gate Bridge is set to collide with Earth’s orbit on Saturday, November 14.

The huge space rock, which is being watched by astronomers at NASA, is on track to zip past Earth at a speed of 18,000 miles per hour.

It is estimated to fly by tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, at 8:45am Eastern Standard time, which is 2:45pm, in the UK, and will not be able to be seen from Earth.

NASA have dubbed the space rock 2020 ST1 and it is classed as an Apollo asteroid, which is an asteroid that comes into contact with the Earth’s orbit as it passes.

Despite the asteroid’s trajectory, it is highly unlikely it will cause any issues for life on the blue planet.

The space agency may identify ST1 as a Near Earth Object, but in reality any asteroid or comet is classed as an NEO if it comes within 1.3 astronomical units.

Asteroid ST1 falls within the category as it is 0.04889 astronomical units from Earth, which is the equivalent to a staggering 4,543,254 Earth miles.

NASA predict the rock to be anywhere between 110m and 240m, which is the equivalent to anywhere between 360 and 787ft

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To put this into perspective, the asteroid has the potential to be bigger than the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, United States.

The landmark is 227m above the surface of the San Fransisco Bay, and is a 1.7mile strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

At its completion in 1937, the suspension bridge was considered an engineering marvel—the longest main suspension bridge span in the world.

Astronomers are currently tracking nearly 2,000 asteroids, comets and other objects that threaten our planet, some of which are rarely as big as asteroid ST1.

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