NASA has warned that a giant asteroid larger than the Eiffel Tower will orbit Earth in just over a week.
A huge 1082-foot space rock is heading towards us and is due to float past us on December 11th.
NASA is eyeing asteroid 4660 Nereus because it is over 492 feet in length and will be within 4.6 million miles of Earth.
This puts him in the “potentially dangerous” category.
However, do not panic, as the asteroid Nereus cannot collide with Earth.
If all goes well, it should fly past our planet at a speed of 14,700 miles per hour.
NASA expects the space rock to be 2.4 million miles away.
This is about 10 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
It may sound quite distant, but it is actually close to near-Earth asteroids.
NASA considers anything that passes within 120 million miles of Earth to be a Near Earth Object (NEO).
Scientists are tracking thousands of NEOs to determine if they are on a collision course with our planet.
NASA has a whole table of them, which is constantly updated.
Any fast moving space object 4.65 million miles away is considered “potentially dangerous” by cautious space organizations.
One small change in their trajectories can turn into a disaster for the Earth.
The asteroid Nereus was first seen in 1982 by astronomer Eleanor Helin.
It passes Earth quite often, which is why NASA and the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) once decided to “knock it off course” using the Hayabusa spacecraft.
Instead, the space agencies decided to target asteroid 25143 Itokawa as part of their double asteroid redirection test.
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