An asteroid the size of six football fields will orbit Earth on Saturday night

An asteroid the size of six football fields will orbit Earth on Saturday night

Asteroid 2002 NN4 will pass Earth at 11:20 a.m. ET on Saturday, NASA said. Accordingly, up to 1,870 feet have been spent Nearby is the Earth Object Studies Center, It would certainly feel like a big one.

However, it will be about 3.2 million miles from our planet, 13 times farther from the moon, NASA said, so there is no reason to worry.

And these kinds of things are quite normal. Last August, an asteroid passing by Earth was estimated to be the same size as the 2002 NN4, and experts then called it a medium-sized one.

And, this asteroid is no less than a mile long. Lindley Johnson of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office told CNN last year that the largest asteroid orbiting the Sun is 21 miles long.

Still, the chances of actually killing an asteroid on Earth are slim – it happens once every two or three centuries, Johnson said at the time.

In 2013, a meteorite with a diameter of only 55 feet broke through the Earth’s atmosphere in Russia. The meteorite did not actually affect the planet, but the explosion still injured more than 1,000 people.

Due to being a few million miles away, it shouldn’t be on the 2002 NN4. So you can spend Saturday evenings relaxing, knowing that no asteroids actually explode on us. Today, at least.

The next time the 2002 NN4 will be anywhere near us is in June 2029.

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