Tactical Talk (Update) The space agency only caught sight of the pair of asteroids on Sunday – just days before they are due for a close encounter with our planet.
The first of the asteroids is called 2018 CC and will zoom past at 7:58 pm this evening. It’s between 12 and 38 metres wide. You can see it speed past our planet by watching a live stream on a website run by the Virtual Telescope Project.
The second space rock, Asteroid 2018 CB, is thought to have a width of between 9 and 28 metres. It will pass Earth at 10:06am on Saturday and will also be streamed on the website above. Asteroid 2018 CC will pass by at about half the distance between Earth and the moon, while 2018 CB will zoom past at about a fifth of a ‘lunar distance’.
An image of a space rock called ‘The Halloween Death Asteroid’ that’s due to pass Earth later this year.
If you’re worried about that these space rocks could bring about the apocalypse and wipe out humanity, we’d point you towards two keys bits of info. Firstly, both the objects are relatively small, so would cause a large number of injuries rather than killing billions of people and sending us back to the Stone Age. It’s also important to state that neither of the space rocks will actually hit us. ‘The just discovered 2018 CC and 2018 CB near-Earth asteroids will both have a very close, but a safe encounter with the Earth soon,’ a spokeswoman for the Virtual Telescope Project wrote.