203-Foot NEA, 2 Others To Zip Past Earth This Weekend

KEY POINTS

  • A total of 3 asteroids will zip by Earth this weekend
  • 2020RZ3 has a diameter of 203 feet, taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • None of the 3 NEAs have been included in the European Space Agency’s Risk List

A total of three Near-Earth Asteroids will be zipping past Earth this weekend, with one reaching 203 feet in diameter.

According to the Close Approach Data Table from NASA’s  Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), asteroids 2020RZ3, 2020SY3, and 2010UC are expected to pass by Earth, with 2010UC possibly even getting as close as 4 million kilometers (approximately 2.48 million miles) from the planet’s surface.

The largest of the three, 2020RZ3, is taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, with a diameter of 203 feet. If you’re living in California, this NEA is about four times as tall as the Hollywood sign on Santa Monica Mountains.

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