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A stadium-sized asteroid to fly by Earth safely

A stadium-sized asteroid to fly by Earth safely”

(250-570 m.) in diameter.

According to SpaceReference.org, 2002 NN4 is a relatively small-sized space rock, measuring between 0.254 and 0.568 kilometers in diameter. However, at this moment, there must be a lot of queries running in your head, which is understandable.

Recent evidence reported that the space agency is now monitoring an asteroid that is large as the Empire state building and is expected to pass the Earth on Saturday, June 6. Another asteroid of 65 feet is approaching towards the earth on June 11 (Thursday) and according to Asteroid Watch widget, its closest approach will be 3,630,000 miles.

More than 30 Near Earth Objects are found every week, approximately 1,500 every year, as indicated by NASA's Planetary Defense website.

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This widget helps to keep track of any asteroids or rocks that are approaching our Earth within 4.6 million miles of the planet. It is about the size of the Empire State Building at New York City, which is more than 1,400 feet tall at its tips.

2002 NN4 is small in "absolute terms", compared to other asteroids like (52768) 1998 OR2 which passed by Earth in April this year coming in at over 6,500 feet and passing Earth by almost 4 million miles away, according to Smithsonian Magazine.

Asteroid almost as tall as the Empire State Building in NY is relied upon to fly close to Earth at this end of the week.

The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also uses these data to calculate high-precision orbits for all known near-Earth objects and predict future close approaches by them to Earth, as well as the potential for any future impacts by objects from outer space. However, you all don't have to worry, because the asteroid 2002 NN4 will safely fly over the earth.



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