Is an asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower on its way to pass by the Earth a threat? NASA has issued a warning about an asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower on its way to pass by the Earth.
An asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower will pass by Earth in December, according to NASA, which has classified it as a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid.”
NASA Issues a Warning Regarding an Asteroid the Size of the Eiffel Tower
According to The Sun, the asteroid is three times the size of a football field.
The massive rock that will pass close to the Earth is 1,080 feet long to be precise.
Although the asteroid 4660 Nereus is larger than most asteroids, it is still small in comparison to the world’s largest rocks.
Asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower will pass by Earth, according to NASA.
On December 1, NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, issued a warning that an asteroid is passing by our home planet, Earth, at a distance of about 2.4 million miles.
It’s worth noting that the asteroid’s estimated travel distance is ten times that of the Moon and Earth.
The massive asteroid, however, will be a long way from any human settlement.
Is an Asteroid in December a Threat?
As a result, the US space agency stated that the asteroid, which measures 330 meters in diameter, poses no threat to people on Earth.
However, according to a report in The Independent UK, the asteroid is expected to approach Earth in the coming years and decades.
In fact, NASA predicts that the same asteroid will pass Earth 12 more times in the next 175 years.
The 4660 Nereus will pass by the Earth again in March 2031, followed by another near-distance trip in 2050.
The most notable is its return in February.
By 2060, it will have traveled 750,000 miles around the Earth.
4660 Nereus is an asteroid that can be found in the constellation Nereid.
Eleoner Helin, an American astronomer, first discovered the massive asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower in 1982.
It’s worth noting that the 4660 Nereus is part of the Apollo group of asteroids, which pass close by the Earth on its orbit around the Sun.
Despite the fact that the asteroid has been discovered for quite some time, no space mission has yet to visit it.
One reason for this is the great distance between it and Earth, which could take a space mission more than a year or 400 years to traverse.
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