NASA has detected two rocks heading to Earth, and one of them can be seen from Earth this week as soon as it enters Earth’s orbit.
A comet that is said to have served as a catalyst for life in the outer skirts of the solar system we are aware of will be the one visible to us as it is said that the closest distance of the comet will come to 66 million miles within Earth.
The second rock that has been detected by NASA meanwhile, referred to as the 2016 WF9 has apparently been entering Jupiter’s orbit.
NASA has yet to determine the second rock is an asteroid or a comet at this point, and reports state that by February 25th, the 2016 WF9 will reach a closer distance to Earth than the comet, coming as close as 32 million miles.
Manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Paul Chodas, has claimed that we will be able to witness the comet this week, known as C/2016 U1 NEOWISE if we grab a pair of binoculars.
However Mr. Chodas added that it cannot be confirmed though as the brightness of a comet is said to be extremely erratic.
NASA has announced that the comet will be approaching Earth’s orbit this week prior to dawn at the south-eastern sky, and have stated that it is uncertain just to as to how big the comet is.
No Worries Though
The NEOWISE comet was first sighted on November 27th by the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and has not been deemed as any threat to our planet at all whether it be now or in the future, according to NASA.
What is confirmed however is that the 2016 WF9 is quite big, as estimated report it stretches between .0.3 to 0.6 miles wide.