(ORDO NEWS) — A giant asteroid roughly 1.8 kilometers in diameter will pass Earth on Friday, May 27, according to NASA.
Asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) will fly past our planet at a distance of about four million kilometers, but because of its monstrous size and close passage, it was recognized by NASA as “potentially hazardous.”
Scientists say 7335 (1989 JA) is one of more than 29,000 near-Earth objects that NASA tracks each year. NASA reports that 7335 (1989 JA) is the largest asteroid to approach Earth this year and is significantly larger than 99 percent of tracked near-Earth objects.
Scientists estimate that the object is moving at about 76,000 km/h – more than 20 times faster than a bullet fired from a gun.
In 2019, scientists assumed that the object will pass near our planet on May 29. This suggests that not everything in the universe can be calculated using simulation, but only approximately.
In January 2022, NASA tracked a similarly sized asteroid that also happened to be relatively close to Earth. The diameter of the asteroid, known as (7482) 1994 PC1, was estimated at about one kilometer.
The celestial body was also classified as potentially dangerous, but on January 18 it safely passed the Earth.
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