NASA warns that massive asteroid is headed toward Earth – but there is no will need to worry

An asteroid the dimensions of the Eiffel Tower is heading for Earth in December, in accordance to NASA.

But there is no need to have to stress, as the US place agency’s asteroid tracker suggests that “potentially hazardous” rock will only go within just 2.4m miles of Earth on 11 December.

Though the 330m broad asteroid, which is named “4660 Nereus”, is not likely to pose any danger, it is predicted to make 12 extra shut passes in the coming many years.

The closest tactic the egg-formed asteroid will make is predicted to be 14 February, 2060, when it will be just less than 745,645 miles away.

For comparison, the length concerning the Earth and the Moon is all around 239,000 miles.

The asteroid was 1st discovered by researchers in 1982, and simply because of its close orbit to Earth it is perhaps accessible by spacecraft.

There are not presently any planned expeditions to examine the asteroid but it has been regarded as.

NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous-Shoemaker (Near) robotic mission and the Japanese Hayabusa mission the two regarded as Nereus as targets, just before picking out other possibilities.

A few international locations have formerly landed spacecraft on asteroids and they are deemed targets for long term mining operations.

Past month the United Arab Emirates announced ideas for missions to check out asteroids, and would become the very first Arab nation to do so.

Their missions is scheduled to start in 2028 and will incorporate exploration of 7 asteroids as nicely as Venus, culminating with a 2033 asteroid landing.

It is not unusual for significant asteroids to move close to Earth.

In March a rock the dimension of the Golden Gate Bridge arrived inside 1.25m miles of Earth.

NASA classifies asteroids as “potentially hazardous” when they occur within just 4.65m miles of Earth and are larger than 500ft in diameter.

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