Recently seen asteroid the size of a car that flew harmlessly past Earth this morning (April 12).
Astronomers have calculated that the asteroid, dubbed 2021 GW4, has a diameter of about 14 feet (4 meters) – too small to survive the journey through Earth’s atmosphere if it was ever going to collide with our planet. according to NASA…
But in the very near future, at about 9 a.m. ET (13:00 GMT), the asteroid was about 16,300 miles (26,200 kilometers) from Earth – less than one tenth of the distance between land and the Moon, and pretty close as we approach the asteroid. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km).
Video: See how NASA discovered a dramatic increase in the number of near-Earth asteroids.
Today’s visit is so close that the asteroid will come in the next century, according to early calculations by NASA, the object’s orbit is almost a two-year loop around the Earth. the sun…
The 2021 GW4 was first spotted on April 8 by astronomers on the mountain. Lemmon Survey, which is part of a powerful asteroid discovery project called Catalina Sky Survey, which has already identified over 500 asteroids this year. according to NASA Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects.
To date, NASA has identified more than 25,500 near-Earth asteroids, most of which are too small to pose any threat to Earth. Their discoveries are just bonuses, as scientists are carefully looking for larger space rocks.
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