“Empire State Building” Sized Asteroid Passes By Earth Today
NASA is monitoring an asteroid about as large as the Empire State Building passing by Earth on June 6th.
Asteroid 2002 NN4 is expected to be 250-270 meters (820-1,870 feet). The Empire State Building is about 1,400 tall.
They say even though the size of it is a bit spooky, but experts say it'll pass by at a safe distance.
NASA has developed a tool that allows them to monitor all asteroids within 4.6 million miles of Earth, and predict the flight patterns of all of them.
There are actually near 20,000 near-Earth asteroids, but Dr. Lori Glaze, the Director of Planetary Science at NASA, isn't worried about collisions.
"All we have to do is change its speed a little faster or a little slower so that when it crosses Earth's orbit, it crosses either in front of us or behind us. It doesn't really keep me up at night."
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