NASA Warns “Potentially Dangerous” Eiffel Tower-sized Asteroid Heads Toward Earth | Sciences

NASA Warns “Potentially Dangerous” Eiffel Tower-sized Asteroid Heads Toward Earth | Sciences

The asteroid, known as 4660 Nereus, is expected to pass planet Earth just before Christmas on December 11. The 330-meter-long asteroid, which is larger than the Eiffel Tower or the Shard, is expected to travel at speeds of up to four miles per second.

However, it is believed that 4660 Nereus does not pose a threat and should instead pass some 2.4 million kilometers from Earth.
This is about ten times the distance between Earth and the Moon.

Despite this, the US space agency called the rock “potentially dangerous”.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website, a “potentially dangerous” asteroid is at least 150 meters long and is within 4.6 million miles of Earth orbit.

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While the rock will move far enough from Earth, the Independent reports that 4660 Nereus will perform a dozen close passes over the next several decades.
The closest is expected to arrive on Valentine’s Day in 2060, when it is 745,000 miles away.

However, the asteroid was first detected by scientists in 1982.

Space Reference claims that the asteroid orbits the Sun every 664 days.

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The NASA website suggests that by September 2022, the Didymos system will be within 7 million kilometers of Earth.

However, 4660 Nereus is not the first asteroid to come close to Earth this year.

The 1994 asteroid WR12, believed to be roughly double the size of Big Ben, passed Earth 3.8 million miles on November 29.


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