An Asteroid Worth “$5 Trillion”


On July 19, this Sunday, an asteroid is going to go by the Earth. All things considered, this would have been simply one more asteroid, yet there’s something uncommon about this asteroid. This asteroid named UW-158, with a surmised 90 million ton center weight, contains about $5 trillion value of platinum.

It will be 30 times closer than Earth’s nearest planet. Just to make it clear that it doesn’t pose any threat to us, this distance is nearly 6 times than that between moon and Earth. So, fellow Earthlings, keep calm!

This Platinum Asteroid will go by the Earth at 11 pm on Sunday (London time). People in India can watch it live on the web at 4 a.m. on Monday.

Slooh, a project which links telescopes to the internet, will telecast pictures from an observatory in the Canary Islands, volcanic archipelago off the shoreline of northwestern Africa.

He further said that it’s always amazing when an asteroid flies by our world and the fact that this huge amount of platinum is present on asteroid UW-158, makes it more and more special.

This Platinum Asteroid was discovered back in October 2011, using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System.