According to some recent reports, an enormous asteroid which NASA classified as “potentially hazardous” is currently headed towards our planet. The asteroid’s official name is 2002 AJ129 and measures about 0.7 miles. This means that it is a lot wider than the World Trade Center in New York, which is the tallest building in the United States, stacked on top of itself. However, people should not worry because the huge space rock is not supposed to actually hit the Earth. Still, that classification from NASA comes from the fact that it will pass very close, in space measurements.
It’s also worth noting that, according to a report from 2013 which was made public on its official website, NASA usually classifies any space object wider than 459 feet and flying within about 4,660,000 miles of our planet as “potentially hazardous”. At the moment, there are about 1,000 space objects that classify within those limits and that NASA is closely monitoring. It is more of a precaution method, in case something really dangerous could come too close to Earth and potentially cause trouble. And because people usually panic easily, the space agency wants to make sure that everyone is safe.
“Potentially hazardous” asteroid to pass by the Earth
According to official numbers and reports, this asteroid is about eight times wider than the minimum required for such a classification. That is 3,696 feet. At the same time, it will reportedly pass within about half of the minimum distance to Earth, which is 2,615,128 miles.
Also, in order to reassure people that this asteroid is not actually dangerous, the distance at which the moon orbits our planet is of just 238,855 miles. It seems that the space object will miss the Earth on February 4. It will pass by our planet at a speed of 67,000 miles per hour. Also, it will be the biggest space object to fly at such a speed by our planet this year.
Image source: freegreatpicture