A “potentially dangerous” asteroid bridge size NASA said it is expected to pass Earth on Monday.
The asteroid — named 1994 XD — spans 1,500 feet, compared to New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge, according to the space agency. Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It even has its own satellite orbiting it, which was discovered in 2005.
There is currently no danger of the asteroid hitting Earth, as the object passes the planet at a distance of about 1.9 million miles.
That’s about eight times the average distance between Earth and the Moon, but it’s also about 20 times closer than Venus at its closest point to Earth.
Although it is common for asteroids to come relatively close, this is one of the largest to do so. Because of its size, NASA has classified it as a “Potentially Hazardous Object”.
1994 XD may be difficult to see with the naked eye because it will pass Earth at approximately 48,000 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.
Near-Earth Objects are entities such as asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun like planets. This asteroid orbits the planet every 1310 days, which is roughly equivalent to three and a half years.
The asteroid has come close to Earth several times in the past, and is expected to make at least three more things over the next three decades, according to spacereference.org.
1994 XD is not the only asteroid that will pass Earth this week. Two other asteroids, roughly the size of an airplane, will also pass by Monday. In addition, one the size of a bus and the other the size of a building will pass across Earth Tuesday.
As of June 1, NASA has Discover 10,472 asteroids are larger than 460 feet, with an estimated 15,000 remaining. Overall, 32,103 near-Earth asteroids of all sizes have been discovered.
In addition, there have been seven asteroids in the past 30 days and 105 over the past 365 days that have passed much closer to Earth than the Moon, according to NASA.
Recently, NASA has taken steps to intentionally stop asteroids in the event of a future collision with Earth. In September, the agency conducted its first planetary defense mission, known as Double asteroid reorientation testwhich involved colliding a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with an asteroid to adjust its speed and trajectory.
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