NASA Warning: A huge asteroid will be closest to Earth on March 4, 2022. What is its size? See here

27/02/2022
Credit: Gianluca Masi
Credit: Gianluca Masi

NASA warns that an asteroid nearly 4,000 feet in diameter is approaching Earth, and the smallest distance between the asteroid and our planet will be reached around March 4, 2022, according to data provided by the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies ( CNEOS) to NASA. But we have nothing to worry about. 

NASA says the asteroid will be closest to Earth at a distance of just under 3 million km or a little more than 3 million km. This distance will most likely be reached on March 4, 2022, around 3:00 am EST. NASA also claims that the asteroid is heading towards Earth at a speed of approx. 26,800 miles per hour. This means that in less than 9 hours, the asteroid travels the Earth-Moon distance. 

But until the asteroid passed the Earth, astronomers aimed their telescopes at the sky to capture it. This is also the case of Gianluca Masi, an Italian astronomer involved in the Virtual Telescope project. Masi captured the asteroid 2001 CB21 on February 23, 2022. 

In an interview with Newsweek, Masi said that thanks to new technologies applied to telescopes, astronomers can now detect smaller objects, so the number of objects near the Earth is increasing, something that can be seen in NASA data. 

We have nothing to fear, because the asteroid will pass the Earth at a relatively long distance. In any case, for several reasons, including the speed with which asteroids come, NASA categorizes it as "a potentially dangerous asteroid," any asteroid that has a diameter greater than 500 feet and is at a distance of no more than 4,650,000. miles from Earth. 

In any case, the next passes over the Earth, probably at a shorter distance will happen on March 6, 2043. 

The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast a live stream on youtube at 22:00 EST, March 3, 2022, where you will be able to track the asteroid. Bailey Universe will also display the live stream on its website.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 27 February 2022, at 03:39 am Los Angeles time

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