The space rocks are traveling up to 57,000mph and the largest of the bunch is as tall as the Empire State Building. NASA has classed the asteroids as “near-Earth objects” (NEOs) and is keeping them under constant supervision. Tens of thousands of NEOs are tracked by scientists to ensure they don’t collide with our planet. One small change to their trajectories could spell disaster for our planet. The first of Saturday’s asteroids is called 2020 GM1. It will pass Earth at around 7.15am BST at a distance of 2.3million miles – around nine times the distance between Earth and the Moon.
That may sound far, but it’s relatively close in space terms: NASA considers anything passing within 120million miles of Earth a NEO. The first of tomorrow’s asteroids is also the fastest, clocking speeds of 57,000 miles per hour. The other Easter weekend asteroids are 2020 GU1 (8:48am), 2020 GG (3:21pm) and 2004 FG11 6pm). At 1,246ft long, the largest, 2004 FG11, is as big as the Empire State Building. Astronomers are currently tracking nearly 2,000 asteroids, comets and other objects that threaten our pale blue dot – and new ones are found every day.