Large asteroid to zoom past Earth Saturday

Large asteroid to zoom past Earth Saturday

Large asteroid to zoom past Earth Saturday

According to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Objects (CNEOS), three asteroids will visit Earth's vicinity on Saturday.

NASA set on its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) website: "NEOs are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth's neighbourhood".

NASA's automated asteroid tracking system has detected a total of five asteroids now approaching Earth.

This asteroid has an estimated diameter of about 161 feet and is moving toward Earth at a speed of nearly 27,000 miles per hour.

There are 20,000 space rocks in Earth's galactic area and they do at times sway, recognizing for 2013, when one pounded into Russian Federation, harming 1,600 people.

Following the monster 2002 NN4's close-Earth approach, the next in line is asteroid 2013 XA22, which will breach the MOID on Monday, June 8 at 3:40PM UTC. There are more than 1,600 Aten-class asteroids being tracked.

Speaking in terms of sheer size, asteroid 2002 NN4 is pretty enormous.

An asteroid bigger than the Empire State Building will zoom relatively close to Earth Saturday morning, according to astronomers. Scientists at NASA have estimated the Near-Earth Object to measure between 250 to 570 meters in diameter. As reported by The Sky Live, the asteroid is now in the constellation of Lyra. The widget displays the date of closest approach, approximate object diameter, relative size and distance from Earth for each encounter. NASA's asteroid trackers detected one asteroid that is Earthbound and is expected to pass by over the weekend.

The last two, are also projected to be the size of aeroplanes and will pass from 3.70 million and 3.18 million miles away on June 06.

As per the reports, one of these asteroids has been named as 2020 KN5.

"In short, 2002 NN4 is a very well-known asteroid with a known orbit that will pass Earth at a (very) safe distance", wrote Ian J.

While the space rock will fly by safely, it has been classified as a "potentially hazardous asteroid" (PHA) due to its size and distance. "By monitoring these PHAs and updating their orbits as new observations become available, we can better predict the close-approach statistics and thus their Earth-impact threat", NASA says.

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