Catch the ultimate glimpse: a 104 m wide asteroid will pass near Earth on January 11th Science News – archyde

An asteroid around 104 meters wide is expected to pass near Earth on January 11, according to a report.

The asteroid, which will be within 3.48 million miles of Earth, has been marked as a “potentially dangerous object,” the Mirror reported.

The rock, named YD48 by NASA asteroid 2013, appears to be larger than the iconic Big Ben.

Also read: James Webb Space Telescope inserts pallets, critical process begins

While it will miss Earth by a long way, in terms of space it actually isn’t that much.

NASA appears to classify any object moving past the Earth within 120 million miles as a Near-Earth Object (NEO).

Even tiny changes in trajectory due to obstacles can be fatal to Earth.

Numerous scientists spend hours every day tracking thousands of such rocks in order to learn more about the universe and to take timely action if the earth is in danger.

Also read: Astronomers capture an erupting black hole 12 million light years from Earth

This isn’t the only asteroid approaching Earth in the coming weeks.

A 7 m wide asteroid named 2014 YE15 will pass by on January 6th. It will be 4.6 million miles from Earth.

And on January 7th, an asteroid called 2020 AP1, which is only 4 m wide, will pass near Earth by being about 1.08 million miles from it.

(With contributions from agencies)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *