An asteroid monster almost equal to the height of Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world in Abu Dhabi – flies around the globe in less than a month, according to NASA. The Asteroid 2000 QW7 is incredibly bulky, measuring anywhere between 951 and 2,132 feet (290 and 650 meters) in diameter, and is only a bit shorter than the 828-meter-high Burj Khalifa.
This asteroid is so huge that it is almost twice as high as the 381 meter high Empire State Building. According to the Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), part of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, it is expected by our blue planet on September 14th. The Asteroid 2000 QW7, however, is unable to stop by for tea. First of all, it will go incredibly fast – 23,100 km / h – as it zooms around the earth, CNEOS reported.
Second, although it is considered a near-Earth object, it will still be quite far away. Asteroids and other space materials are considered near-Earth objects when moving within 1.3 astronomical units of our planet (one astronomical unit is the distance from Earth to the Sun or 92.9 million miles (149.6 million kilometers)). According to CNEOS, the QW7 2000 will run within 0.03564 astronomical units of the earth, which is approximately 5.3 million km. In other words, that’s 13.87 times the distance between Earth and Moon. Just like Earth, the asteroid 2000 QW7 orbits the sun. However, it only intersects with the earth sporadically.
The last time it approached our planet was September 1st, 2000. After September 14, the next time is October 19, 2038, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.