Six asteroids will make ‘close approach’ with Earth on Biden’s Inauguration Day

NASA is tracking six asteroids set to approach Earth on the same day Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States.

Donald Trump will make way for Joe Biden on Wednesday, January 20, and NASA has its eye on four rocks that will be zipping past Earth.

One of the rocks has the potential to be almost as big as the Statue of Liberty in New York City, an iconic American landmark.

Asteroid 2021 BC will be travelling at around 29,000 miles per hour when it passes Earth and could be up to 302ft.

It will travel past at around 19:47 EST, the equivalent to 1.47am BST, and will be around 600,000 miles away from Earth.

This may seem far away, but this isn't a large distance at all as any fast moving space object that comes within around 4.65 million miles is considered to be "potentially hazardous" by NASA.

Asteroid 2021 BO1 is also being tracked, and is estimated to be between just 4 and 9m wide.

It should be around 1million miles away from Earth at its closest approach on its January 20.

The space rock might be small, but it will be travelling at around 22,570 miles per hour.

Asteroid 2021 BS and Asteroid 2021 AC6 will pass just before Biden takes over and could be up to 151 foot and 174 foot respectively.

Both will pass Earth safely at high speeds of over 25,000 and 30,000 miles per hour.

2021 BS will be the asteroid that stays the furthest away from our planet at 3.6 million miles, whereas AC6 will be 1.8million.

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The last two asteroids, 2021 BK1 and 2021 BL will also pass the planet safely, with BK1 flying by just hours before the inauguration itself at 12.53pm.

BK1 will be zooming past at a whopping 59,800 miles per hour and is estimated to be between 16 and 35m, or 52 to 114 foot.

Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem at Joe Biden's swearing-in, with Jennifer Lopez also booked to perform.

It will be broadcast live on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC from 8:30–10:00 PM ET/PT, and is titled "Celebrating America."

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