Just two weeks after a trio of asteroids swung by our planet on November 10 — one of them coming in closer than the moon, as the Inquisitr reported at the time — another space rock is due to zoom past Earth this weekend.
Known as asteroid 2009 WB105, this particular space rock is considerably larger than the previous three and will dart past our planet on Sunday morning, making a close appearance at around 7.14 a.m. EST.
At the same time, asteroid 2009 WB105 will hurtle past Earth a lot faster than its three predecessors, flying through space at a speed of about 42,240 miles per hour, reports Asteroids Near Earth. That's almost twice as fast as asteroid 2018 VS1 — the fastest of the previous trio — which slipped by our planet on November 10 at about 9:03 a.m. EST.
While our last three space visitors have been relatively small space rocks — the biggest of them measuring nearly 100 feet across — asteroid 2009 WB105 has an estimated diameter ranging from 173.8 feet to 393.7 feet. This means that this object could be even larger than the Statue of Liberty, states the Express.
"A 393.7-foot-wide asteroid is approximately 1.25 times larger than Big Ben's clock tower in London and 1.29 times as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York."