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What a way to start the year! the NASA announces the presence of a “potentially dangerous” asteroid It will pass relatively close to Earth’s atmosphere in a few days New Year, highlighting that the object is the size of a skyscraper.
A huge rock called Asteroid 2013 YD48 It will burn Earth’s atmosphere in the new year because it will cover a distance of 3.48 million miles from our planet in dimensions 104 meters wide, which is larger than the famous Big Ben for Great Britain.
When will the New Year’s asteroid pass?
It was reported that NASA Anything that happens within 120 million miles of Earth is classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO), so while 3.48 million miles seems huge, in terms of distance in space, it’s actually not that much.
Scientists are tracking thousands of these to see if they’re on a collision course with Earth, in this case Asteroid 2013 YD48 What is expected to have him Closest point on January 11, 2022. Given the distances from which they fly, small changes in their trajectories can be literally fatal on Earth.
Three more asteroids will pass near Earth
- Asteroid 2021 YK. It is 12 meters wide and will fly 118,000 miles from the planet on Sunday, January 2nd.
- Asteroid 2014 YE15. It is only about 7 meters wide and will pass on January 6, approaching 4.6 million miles from Earth.
- Asteroid 2020 AP1. The smallest is only 4 meters wide and passes on January 7, 1.08 million miles from us.