Two (harmless) asteroids fly along the Earth

In two days, two asteroids have flown past the Earth. The first one raced past on Sunday, the second one flies by today. But don’t worry, they’re not dangerous.

The asteroid that passed by on Sunday was travelling at about 13 kilometres per second. That’s almost 47,000 kilometres per hour. At that speed, you could fly from Amsterdam to Australia in less than 20 minutes!

Millions of miles away

The stone flew by at a distance of about 7.4 million kilometres. That sounds very far away, but because space is so incredibly large, space organization NASA called it ‘close by’.

The second asteroid is a lot smaller. But it’s a lot closer to Earth, 1.6 million kilometres away.