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A “potentially dangerous” asteroid about the size of the Eiffel Tower in Paris zooms across Earth

A giant asteroid called the 4660 Nereus, about the size of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, can collide with Earth. The asteroid is set to pass through the Earth on December 11, 2021. The asteroid is reportedly 330 meters in diameter and travels the Earth from a distance of 3.93 million kilometers. Despite the very long distances, asteroids are classified as “potentially dangerous”.

NASA states that asteroids are likely to orbit the Earth, but do not invade the Earth’s atmosphere.

According to WION, the absolute magnitude of the asteroid 4660 Nereus is 18.4. In particular, NASA classifies asteroids less than 22 as potentially dangerous.

NASA Keep an eye out for the asteroid 4660 Nereus

For the inexperienced, the asteroid 4660 Nereus was first discovered in 1982. This asteroid is not special because it is “potentially dangerous”, but because it passes near the Earth at a relative frequency. The 1.82 year orbit around the Sun brings it closer to the planet approximately every 10 years. Since 1982, NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA have been monitoring it.

How fast is it asteroid 4660 Is Nereus moving towards Earth?

Asteroid 4660 Nereus is moving toward Earth at a speed of about 4 miles per second. NASA has put it in the “potentially dangerous” category. However, the asteroid travels 3.93 million kilometers from Earth, so there is no imminent danger. Although ten times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, NASA calls this asteroid a “threat” and is watching it carefully.

https://www.dnaindia.com/science/report-potentially-hazardous-asteroid-as-big-as-the-eiffel-tower-in-paris-to-zoom-past-earth-december-11-2021-2922342 A “potentially dangerous” asteroid about the size of the Eiffel Tower in Paris zooms across Earth

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