Asteroid the Size of Empire State Building to Zoom Past Earth
Just when 2020 couldn't get any more intense, now we can add a massive asteroid to the mix.
Currently NASA is watching an asteroid that could be as large as the Empire State Building set to pass the earth this weekend. Experts expect to see the massive steroid to pass by Saturday, June 6th.
The asteroid, known as Asteroid 2002 NN4, measures an estimated 820-1,870 feet in diameter, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). To put it in to perspective, the Empire State building in New York City measures more than 1,400 feet tall at the top.
There's no need to worry about the asteroid becoming the latest issue we face this year. It's expected to pass us at more than 3 million miles away. That breaks down to about 13 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.
Currently hurling through space at more than 20,000 mph, the 2002 NN4 could inflict on earth is catastrophic, Derek Buzasi, professor of physics at Florida Gulf Coast University, told USA TODAY if it were closer to impact.The path of the asteroid is expected to vary by only around 125 miles so we are in the clear.
Ateroid 2002 NN4 isn't the only game in town this weekend. There will be other, slightly, smaller asteroids making close approaches to Earth. On June 3, an asteroid about the size of a plane will pass 1.8 million miles from Earth. On June 4, another plane-sized asteroid will pass about 3.8 million miles from Earth and on June 5, an asteroid the size of a house will pass Earth by about 2.7 million miles to name just a few.
If close encounters with flying hunks of rock is your thing, be sure to check out the NEO Earth Close Approaches site.