A Monster Asteroid Bigger Than The UK Is Now So Close To Earth That It’s Visible To The Naked Eye




A gigantic asteroid with a surface area four times bigger than the UK has drawn close enough to our planet that it’s now visible without a telescope. The space rock 4 Vesta, which is the fourth largest known asteroid in the solar system, will light up the night sky until July 16.

It recently came within 106 million miles of Earth – the closest it has reached us for 20 years. Vesta’s total surface area is 800,000 km², which is roughly the same as the country in South Asia, Pakistan, and a lot bigger than the United Kingdom, which covers 242,495 km².

The space rock is named Vesta after the goddess of the hearth and household in Roman mythology. It’s famous for a 13-mile-high mountain at its north pole that’s one of the tallest peaks humanity has ever discovered. Vesta is also one of the easiest to see because it has a surface which reflects more light than the moon. It will be visible as a yellowish dot in the sky. To get the best view, you should use binoculars or a telescope.

If Vesta hit Earth, it would wipe out most life on the planet. To get a sense of the damage it would cause, just consider that the space rock which killed the dinosaurs was between 10 to 15 kilometres wide, whilst Vesta is about 525 kilometres wide. Luckily, it’s not on a collision course with us and Nasa recently said no other asteroids are heading our way either.

NASA has recently issued a statement about this massive asteroid to clear out few things. Here’s what NASA has written about Vesta: ‘Vesta has one of the largest brightness ranges observed on any rocky body in our solar system. The bright materials appear to be native rocks, while the dark material is believed to have been deposited by other asteroids crashing into Vesta.

‘Scientists on the Dawn team estimate that about 300 dark asteroids with diameters ranging from one to 10 km (0.6 to six miles) hit Vesta during the last 3.5 billion years. This would have been enough to wrap the Vesta in a blanket of material about three to seven feet (one to two meters) thick.

‘An extensive system of troughs encircles Vesta’s equatorial region. The largest, named Divalia Fossa, is bigger than the Grand Canyon.’

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  2. Michelle says:

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  3. Anonymous says:

    in Michigan goes across the sky horizontally not vertically.

  4. Andrea says:

    Amazing photos.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love how your click image is form #cosmos on Fox and you didn’t even bother to hide the watermark you used to make it look like the probe took the photos from IN the Jupiter atmosphere.

    • Cleo Cat says:

      yep, thought the same thing. pretty obvious, but still the article did surprisingly have some interesting details.

  6. Mark Bracken says:

    Beautiful.

  7. Marilyn Kinsella says:

    Learn something new everyday. Never heard of these – fascinating, beautiful, inspiring and downright awesome.

  8. Halina Biernacki says:

    Yes, these are stunning pic’s …. however, due to the development “doctoring” technology … how much of this is real?

  9. Lill ashakara says:

    Amazing, beautiful. Thank you, it made my day.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Miles Hebert for such amazing photos and making my day just a little more enriched. I have not seen these mice before, learn something new every day! Thanks, Miles!

  11. Angie says:

    Hi I have seen a photo of a field mouse sleeping in a purple tulip b,4 on FB. So cute I love these photos of these little miceys. It must be a lovely experience for you to see nature at its finest. And to capture such an event. With your eyes through your camera. Envy. From Angie ☺

  12. scott says:

    Beautiful. Who painted them?

  13. Wanda says:

    Churning storms make it look like the tie dye planet

  14. Anonymous says:

    and were not united with universe hahaha

  15. Anonymous says:

    That’s some beautiful fake bullshit right there.

  16. Lyn Hoffmann says:

    Yhese are NOT fake – we see clouds just like these in Australia – just because some people haven’t aactually seen them, does not mean they are fake, becaue they are NOT!

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