Nasa warns two asteroids OR comets are HURTLING towards Earth…but they’re not sure which
NASA has revealed that TWO celestial objects are approaching Earth and are currently zooming through the solar system.
By SEAN MARTIN
Tue, Jan 3, 2017
Two objects are currently hurtling towards Earth’s orbit and will come close to Earth in January and February.
One of the bodies is a comet known as C/2016 U1 NEOWISE, which was first discovered by Nasa’s NEOWISE mission – the asteroid hunting project – in October last year, is set to reach its closest point on January 14.
According to Nasa’s Paul Chodas, the comet ”has a good chance of becoming visible through a good pair of binoculars, although we can’t be sure because a comet’s brightness is notoriously unpredictable.”
There is a bit of confusion surrounding the other object however, with experts unsure as to whether it is a comet or an asteroid.
The object in question has been dubbed 2016 WF9 is not followed by a trail of icy debris, like a comet usually does, but it does seem to have the reflective body structure of a comet.
As it approaches, scientists will be studying it to confirm what type of celestial body it is.