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According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) – the United States Space and Aeronautics Agency (NASA), the asteroid, named 2021 NY1 will pass Earth but not harm. The space rock is still considered a Near-Earth Object (NEO) because it will pass within about 120 million miles (193 million kilometers) of the Sun.
At that distance, asteroid 2021 NY1 will make a relatively close approach at about 970,000 miles (1,560,000 km) from Earth – or just under four times the distance between Earth and the Moon.
According to NASA’s NEO data, asteroid 2021 NY1 is a rock measuring between about 129 and 300 meters with a diameter of 130 to 300 meters, or the equivalent of three to six Statues of Liberty.
As reported Live Science, the asteroid was hurtling through space at about 21,000 mph (33,800 km/h) or about 27 times the speed of sound.
However, such asteroids would pose no threat to life on Earth.
Asteroid NY1 that will pass is not the closest that has ever passed Earth. Previously, asteroid 2020 QG, which slid just 1,830 miles (2,950 km) over the Indian Ocean on August 16, 2020, held the title of closest asteroid to Earth.
In addition to Asteroid 2021 NY1, there are still three other giant asteroids approaching Earth this September.
According to NASA, an asteroid measuring 137 meters long approached Earth’s orbit on September 10.
As reported DailystarThe asteroid, code-named 2021RE, passed at a distance of 3,000,000 miles or 5,471,769 kilometers from Earth. That distance is quite safe by astronomical standards.
Asteroid 2021RE is passing at a speed of 48,280 kilometers per hour.
According to NASA, every 2,000 years a meteorite the size of a football field enters Earth’s atmosphere and does significant damage.
In addition to 2021RE, this month there will be two other large asteroids passing close to Earth, namely 2010 RJ53 and 2021 PT.
As reported India TimesThe first asteroid to approach Earth is the asteroid with the code name 2010 RJ53. 2010 RJ53 measures 774 meters, and is estimated to pass at a distance of 366,000 kilometers from Earth, a distance that is closer than the Moon’s distance to Earth.
Next, there will be 2021 PT passing on September 11. This asteroid is the same size as 2021RE, which is 137 meters. It is expected to pass at a distance of 4.9 million kilometers from Earth.