NASA tracking giant asteroid heading for Earth’s orbit
An asteroid up to three times the size of the statue of liberty called 2021 NY1 is travelling at more than 20,000mph and will make its approach into the Earth’s orbit in weeks
A giant asteroid up to three times the size of the Statue of Liberty is expected to enter Earth’s orbit in a matter of days.
The giant rock, called 2021 NY1, is set to get close to earth in September alongside 17 other incoming objects that are being tracked by NASA.
2021 NY has a phenomenal diameter of 130-300m, while the Statue of Liberty is just 93m tall.
There’s thankfully no need to fear a collision as the asteroid will be passing Earth from a safe 930,487 miles.
For reference – the moon orbits us from 238,855, so the asteroid will not pose a threat!
Another of the asteroids being monitored by NASA, named 2021 QC1, has a smaller (but still impressive!) diameter of 71-160m.
This giant asteroid is set to orbit earth at a reassuringly-far three million miles.
Earlier this month, NASA released the findings from a study that said the asteroid Bennu could smash into Earth between now and the year 2300.
This asteroid has been on NASA’s radar since 1999 and has been deemed ‘potentially hazardous’ to human life.
Although Bennu is one of the two most dangerous asteroids in the solar system, scientists believe that there’s only a 1 in 2,700 chance of it colliding with earth.
Researchers were able to rule out some impact scenarios but raised the overall probability for impact on September 24, 2182 – if it were to ever occur.