A fairly large asteroid will be approaching Earth

Credit: NASA - 4660 Nereus
Credit: NASA - 4660 Nereus

Breaking news! A fairly large asteroid will approach Earth at over 40 km per hour. The asteroid is one of the largest asteroids orbiting the earth. Also, the asteroid is as big as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. In addition, NASA considers it a potential danger to Earth. 

The asteroid is called 4660 Nereus "vague egg shape". Because its length is very large, exactly 1,082 meters long, NASA considers it a potential danger to humanity and the entire Earth. It is potentially dangerous because it keeps moving the distance between it and the Earth, as well as because of its size. For example, on December 11, 2021, the asteroid will approach 2.5 million miles from Earth, more than 10 times the Earth-Moon distance. Therefore, we must not be afraid, because it will be relatively far from Earth. But it will return in 2060 when it will be two times smaller than Earth, that is, at 750,000 miles. 

This asteroid is also part of the Apollo category. It was first discovered in 1982 by Eleanor F. Helin. The asteroid orbits Mars and Earth, and astronomers and astrophysicists believe it formed from the crust of a planetary body, of course, many years ago, when the planetary body split into several pieces, it may have been hit. This asteroid is also believed to be part of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. December 11, 2021, will be an extraordinary moment to be seen with telescopes from Earth and of course from space. For astronomy and astrophysics enthusiasts and professionals. 

We wish you success to see it! 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 17 November 2021, at 12:24 am Los Angeles time

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