The giant asteroid, bigger than the Eiffel Tower, will enter Earth’s orbit next week and NASA has classified the asteroid as potentially dangerous.
A giant asteroid 330m, the size of a football field, is moving towards Earth. This “terrible” asteroid is expected to pass on December 11, The Sun reports.
NASA has been tracking asteroid 4660 Nereus because of its large size and will approach 7.4 million kilometers from Earth. Therefore, this asteroid is classified as “potentially hazardous” to Earth.
However, the British news site also reassured that the asteroid Nereus will not collide with Earth. If followed the correct route, this asteroid will fly by Earth at a speed of 23,657km/h.
NASA expects this object to be about 3.9 million km from Earth. This distance is about 10 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Compared to asteroids moving close to Earth, Nereus’s distance is considered close.
NASA considers any object traveling within 19.3 million kilometers of Earth as Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). Thousands of Near-Earth Objects have been tracked by scientists to see if they are on a collision course with Earth. NASA’s asteroid tracking table is constantly being updated.
Any fast-moving space object within 7.5 million kilometers is considered potentially dangerous by space organizations around the world. Just a small change to the orbits of these objects in the universe can cause disaster for Earth.
The asteroid Nereus was first discovered by astronomer Eleanor Helin in 1982. This asteroid is quite frequent passing the Earth, so NASA and the Japanese space agency (JAXA) considered ramming the Hayabusa spacecraft. to change the trajectories of Nereus.
However, space agencies targeted asteroid 25143 Itokawa during the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.
In addition to information about an asteroid about to enter Earth’s orbit, among other notable space news is that NASA plans to place a nuclear power plant on the Moon within this decade. Additionally, scientists are using Mars’ winds to sketch the first complete picture of how the red planet formed 3 billion years ago.
Asteroid Nereus approached Earth shortly after asteroid 1994 WR12. Before that, 1994 WR12 approached Earth at a distance of 6.1 million km on November 29.
Although the asteroid Nereus does not pose a threat in 2021, it is expected that Nereus will come much closer to Earth in the future. Valentine’s Day 2060, asteroid Nereus close to Earth 1.2 million km, National World noted.