US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — On Saturday June 6, an asteroid, which has the size of a football field, will approach the Earth. He was attributed to the number of potentially dangerous ones, because his trajectory will cross the orbit of our planet.
NASA experts have calculated the approximate distance that an asteroid will approach the Earth.
According to preliminary data, the distance is about 5 million kilometers. At the same time, this object flies at a speed of almost 40 thousand kilometers per hour. Scientists are confident that the asteroid does not threaten the Earth, but if for some reason its trajectory changes and it crashes into the planet, it will cause a terrible tsunami.
The asteroid was named 163348 (2002 NN4) and has a size of 254 to 568 meters in diameter. It is at least 10 times larger than all other asteroids that will fly near the Earth in the near future. It is worth noting that this asteroid was discovered by scientists in 2002.
At the moment, it is known that a celestial body makes a circle around the Sun in 300 days, and its orbit is too close to our planet. Scientists noted that next time it will be so close to Earth in 2024.
At the same time, they added that the probability of a collision is very small, so there is no cause for concern. Even if a collision occurs, it will not cause the destruction of life on the entire planet. But still, catastrophic consequences in the form of a strong tsunami or earthquake can happen.
At the moment, the asteroid is being closely monitored and its trajectory controlled. In case of the slightest changes, this will be immediately reported.
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