据报道:两颗巨型小行星正奔向地球,每一颗都足以摧毁整个城市。
Two Huge Asteroids Each Capable of Destroying Entire City Heading Towards Earth - Report
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Celestial objects and space debris hit our planet almost on a daily basis; however, they don't pose any danger to humanity, as only enormous meteors or asteroids are able to reach the Earth's surface and not burn up in the atmosphere. That is where the main characters in our article come in – the huge 2019 XF and enormous 216258 (2006 WH1).

几乎每天都有来自太空的天体或碎片袭击地球;但它们不会对人类构成任何威胁,因为大多数在穿过大气层时燃烧掉,只有巨型流星或小行星才能靠近地表。本文所提及的便是此类小行星---巨型2019XF和216258 (2006 WH1)。

Two humongous asteroids, each capable of annihilating an entire city, are approaching our planet, NASA reported. The agency's Centre for Near-Earth Objects, tasked with monitoring celestial objects that may pose a danger to the Earth, reported that the two asteroids will swoosh past us this week.

据美国国家航空航天局报道,两颗巨大的小行星正接近我们的星球,每一颗都能毁灭整个城市。航天局的近地天体中心负责监测可能对地球构成威胁的天体,据中心报告,这两颗小行星本周将从我们身边飞驰而过。

The first big guy – 2019 XF – is estimated to be 130 metres in diameter, which makes it as big as the pyramid in Giza. The asteroid is travelling at a break-neck speed of 83,000 kilometres per hour. Scientists say it will pass our planet on 17 December at 11:13 EST time.

第一个大块头---2019XF---直径约为130米,大小与吉萨的金字塔一般。这颗小行星正以每小时83,000公里的急速前行。科学家预计它将在12月17日美国东部标准时间11:13分与我们擦肩而过。

The second asteroid – 216258 (2006 WH1) – is travelling at a far lower speed of 41,000 kilometres per hour, but its size is quite frightening. Scientists say it is estimated to be 540 metres in diameter. This asteroid expected to come close to us on 20 December at 10:17 am EST.

第二颗小行星----216258 (2006 WH1)---正以每小时41,000公里的较低速度前行,但它的大小相当可怕。科学家们说它直径约为540米,预计将在12月20日美国东部标准时间10:17分接近我们。

NASA categorised both celestial bodies as Apollos, which means that they occasionally cross the Earth's orbit as it travels around the Sun. Due to its proximity to our planet, 216258 (2006 WH1) was categorised as potentially hazardous.

NASA把这两个天体归为APOLLOS区域的小行星,它们在围绕太阳运行时,偶尔会穿越地球的轨道。由于其接近我们的星球,216258(2006WH1)被列为潜在危险级别。

Both celestial bodies would leave enormous craters on the ground and destroy everything within an area as large as a major city. If they fall in the ocean, the impact would create massive tsunamis that would wipe out coastal areas. However, researchers say that these two do not pose threat to us.

两颗小行星任何一颗撞击地表,都将在地面留下巨大的陨石坑,并摧毁一个大城市范围内的所有一切。如果它们落在海洋里,其影响会造成大规模海啸,并将沿海地区彻底摧毁。然而万幸的是,研究人员说这两颗小行星对我们不构成威胁。

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