A large, rocky Asteroid is going to fly by Earth next week.At 1 kilometer (3,280 feet) long, it’s roughly two and a half times the height of the Empire State Building, and it’s been classed a “Potentially Hazardous due to its size and its regular close visits to our planet.
This month’s visit is going to have a very safe clearance, with the Asteroid zipping by at a distance of 1.93 million kilometers (~1.2 million miles) away from Earth – that’s roughly 5.15 times more distant than the Moon. The calculations of its trajectory only come with a 133-kilometer (~83-mile) margin of error, so there’s no risk we’ll be colliding with this Asteroid any time soon.
The last close approach was 89 years ago on 17 January 1933, at a slightly closer (but still very safe) distance of 1.1 million kilometers (~699,000 miles). It’s next expected to be within a similar distance of Earth on 18 January 2105
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