The asteroid’s name is 7335 (1989 JA). But, no need to worry. Because, the asteroid will not slide to hit the earth. However, get past it. The distance itself is still very far. That is about 4 million kilometers or 10 times the distance between the earth and the moon.
However, the space rock with a diameter of 1.8 kilometers is still considered very large and very close to Earth. In fact, NASA itself classifies asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) as “potentially hazardous.” Why? Because it can be a threat to the earth if suddenly the direction of its orbit changes.
NASA also said that 7335 (1989 JA) is the largest asteroid to approach Earth throughout 2022. Scientists estimate the asteroid’s speed to reach 76,000 km/hour or 20x faster than the speed of a bullet.
If 7335 (1989 JA) moves according to its orbit, it is estimated that the asteroid will only approach Earth on June 23, 2055. The distance will also be further. That is to reach 70 times the distance between the earth and the moon.
NASA itself routinely tracks various celestial bodies that approach the earth every year. These objects are called NEO (near-Earth objects). In total, there are more than 29,000 NEOs that NASA tracks each year.
NEO is categorized as an object whose orbit approaches the earth with a distance of less than 48 million kilometers. According to NASA, the average size of these celestial bodies is relatively small.
The asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) is 99 percent larger than the average NEO celestial body recorded by NASA. In addition, asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) is also classified in the Apollo class. That is, the object orbits the sun and at certain times its orbit will intersect with the earth. There are about 15,000 asteroids that fall into the Apollo category.
Like the movie Armageddon, NASA itself closely monitors the NEO celestial bodies.