(VTC News) – According to NASA, asteroid Asteroid 2014 YE15 will approach Earth as early as 2022.
Asteroid Asteroid 2014 YE15 was first discovered in 2014 and will approach Earth on January 6, 2022, at a distance of 7,400,000 km, the US space agency said.
Based on NASA’s assessment, all objects larger than 150 meters and approaching Earth within a distance of 7.5 million kilometers are classified as “threatened”. Meanwhile, Asteroid 2014 YE15 is only about 7m wide and about the size of a bus, so it is not considered a threat to humanity.
The end of 2021 will also end with another threat from space when an asteroid up to 149 m wide approaches Earth on December 29, at a distance of 3,540,000 km.
According to NASA statistics, many asteroids of various sizes approach Earth every day, most of them harmless. The direction of movement of these celestial bodies is constantly being updated.
However, this does not mean that they are completely harmless. For example, a 20m wide meteor exploded in the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. The explosion released an energy equivalent to a conventional nuclear weapon, damaging many buildings in the area, It also left 1,500 people traumatized as a side effect of the explosion.