A huge asteroid close to Earth will pass our planet tonight at a safe distance of 3.2 million miles, according to NASA.
After a series of headlines full of misfortune, the space agency felt the need yesterday to update a previous post on asteroids close to Earth with the following note:
“The asteroid 2002 NN4 will safely pass Earth on June 6 at a distance of about 3.2 million miles (5.1 million km), about 13 times further from Earth than the Moon. There is no danger of the asteroid hitting Earth. ”
The closest approach to Earth from asteroid 2002 NN4 will be at 11:20 p.m. EDT. Saturday June 6, 2020.
NASA also tweeted the same advice:
NASA Asteroid Watch then tweeted this image of the asteroid’s trajectory:
How big is the Asteroid 2002 NN4?
The asteroid 2002 NN4 is huge. Measuring between 820 feet and 1870 feet (250 meters to 570 meters) according to Space.com. The Empire State Building in New York is 443.2 meters tall, including the antenna.
It is more than a dozen times larger than the asteroid which exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. It was the largest meteor in more than a century.
Would the asteroid 2002 NN4 be dangerous if it touched Earth?
Yes, the asteroid 2002 NN4 is destructive in size, but it will not harm anyone.
I wish you a clear sky and big eyes.