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Max Gorbachev. Sputnik international
Despite its impressive size, TYI 2020 looks more like a peanut compared to an asteroid that will plunge past Earth later this month. Named WO107, the celestial body is nearly as large as the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa.
An asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza will pass by our planet at breakneck speed on November 7. The celestial body is estimated to be between 79 and 179 meters in diameter, making it Size equivalent to one of the wonders of the ancient world. Originally, the pyramid was 147 meters high, but over the years it has lost part of its size and is now 138 meters high.
The 2020 TYI asteroids were first discovered in October and are heading towards Earth at 29,000 miles (46,671 kmph) per hour. NASA says it will swoosh through our planet at a distance of 3.5 million miles, which is almost 14 times the distance between Earth and Moon. Even so, the space agency has classified the celestial body as an object close to Earth, meaning it will fly near us and possibly endanger our planet.
2020 TYI is one of the largest asteroids to meet Earth in recent weeks. On November 2, our planet was almost grazed on the 2018 VP1, which passed at a dangerous distance for only 4,000 miles (6,000 km). Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said this object “cut off” the Earth.
At the end of the month, a radioactive ray of an asteroid will dash through our planet. WO107 is expected to reach a width of 819 meters, nearly as large as the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The skyscraper is 828 meters high. WO107 was first discovered in 2000 and according to NASA, it will pass by our planet at a safe distance on November 29.