On February 2nd, four asteroids are expected to fly by Earth, with one being as large as the Empire State Building.

On February 2nd, four asteroids are expected to fly by Earth, with one being as large as the Empire State Building.

Bullseye! The incredible success of DART’s impact on an asteroid 7 million miles away.

“Great aim! The DART spacecraft successfully collided with an asteroid 7 million miles away.”

Scientists say that four asteroids will fly by Earth on Friday, including one that is the size of a skyscraper and will come within 1.7 million miles of our planet.

No need to fret: The likelihood of the large one colliding with us is zero, as it will travel seven times the distance from Earth to the moon.

The largest asteroid approaching Earth, as estimated by NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, measures anywhere between 690 feet and 1,575 feet in diameter. This puts the asteroid in the same size range as iconic landmarks such as New York City’s Empire State Building or Chicago’s Willis Tower.

In 2008, we experienced the visit of OS7, but it will not return until 2032. However, the next encounter will be much farther away, as it will stay 45 million miles away.

This week, there will be multiple encounters with harmless flybys. On Friday, three smaller asteroids will buzz past Earth without causing harm, each only tens of yards in size. Two more will do the same on Saturday. On Sunday, a larger asteroid approximately half the size of 2008 0S7 will also pass by, remaining at a distance of 4.5 million miles.

On Thursday, NASA announced that they have identified a total of 34,151 near-Earth asteroids in the month of January. Among them are 50 space rocks with a width of over one kilometer.

According to NASA, there have been a total of 107 near-Earth asteroids that came closer to the moon within the past 365 days, with seven of them occurring within the last 30 days.


In the previous month, a miniscule asteroid with the designation 2020 was observed.entered Earth’s atmosphere

The object was incinerated as it flew through the atmosphere above eastern Germany.

3D model.

In June of last year, a telescope took pictures of an asteroid passing by Earth at a relatively close distance and produced a three-dimensional representation.time-lapse of the event

The footage displays the asteroid moving at a speed of more than 2,000 miles per hour.

NASA is also monitoring an asteroid

There is a possibility of an asteroid colliding with Earth on Valentine’s Day in 2046. However, the European Space Agency predicts that the likelihood of this happening is only 1 in 607.

Source: cbsnews.com