Speedy, 500-meter-wide asteroid to pass near Earth on Nov. 29

For story suggestions or custom animation requests, contact [email protected] Visit http://archive.nextanimationstudio.com to view News Direct's complete archive of 3D news animations.

RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN
A half-kilometer-wide asteroid — named (153201) 2000 WO107 — will zoom past Earth on Nov. 29, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

It will be one of the biggest asteroids to pass near Earth in 2020. Travelling at speeds of 90,252 kilometers per hour, or 56,080 miles per hour, it will also be one of the fastest.

2000 WO107 is estimated to be about 510 meters wide. Its orbital period is similar to Earth's, taking 318 days to orbit our Sun. But its orbit is highly elliptical, coming as close as 0.20 AU and reaching as far as 1.62 AU from the Sun.

According to NASA's Asteroid Watch, 2000 WO107 will pass Earth at a distance that is 11.19 times more than the distance from the Earth to the Moon. On subsequent flybys it will come even closer, eventually passing at about half the Earth-Moon distance on Dec. 1, 2140.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Asteroid (153201) 2000 WO107 approaching Earth
2. Size comparison of 2000 WO107 and Manhattan
3. Orbit of 2000 WO107
4. 2000 WO107 will pass Earth at more than 11 times the Earth-Moon distance
5. Location of 2000 WO107 in the night sky on the U.S. East Coast on Nov. 29
6. Telescope at Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California

VOICEOVER (in English):

"A large asteroid — named (153201) 2000 WO107 — classified as 'potentially hazardous' by NASA will zoom past Earth on Nov. 29, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It will be one of the biggest asteroids to pass near Earth in 2020."

"Travelling at speeds of 90,252 kilometers per hour, or 56,080 miles per hour, it will also be one of the fastest."

"Asteroid 2000 WO107 is estimated to be about 510 meters wide. That's 1,640 feet or one-third of a mile in width, making it larger than 97 percent of asteroids. By comparison, Manhattan is 3.7 kilometers wide."

"2000 WO107's orbital period is similar to Earth's. It takes the asteroid 318 days to orbit our Sun. But its orbit is highly elliptical, coming as close as 0.20 AU and reaching as far as 1.62 AU from the Sun."

"According to NASA's Asteroid Watch, it will pass Earth at a distance that is 11.19 times more than the distance from the Earth to the Moon. On subsequent flybys it will come even closer, eventually passing at about half the Earth-Moon distance on Dec. 1, 2140."

"According to EarthSky.com, the space rock will not be visible to the naked eye, but it may be visible with a telescope on the night of Nov. 29. On the U.S. East Coast it will appear between Betelgeuse and the constellation of Gemini."

"Astronomers will bounce radar signals from the surface of 2000 WO107 as it flies past Earth to study the asteroid. These observations may allow scientists to determine its composition."

SOURCES: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, EarthSky.com
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=153201;orb=1
https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/did-you-know
https://earthsky.org/space/asteroid-2000-wo107-nov-2020-flyby-then-closer