The size of the asteroid, called 2021 GM4, is estimated to be between 360- and 820-feet across and its speed at over 13,421 miles per hour.
CNEOS (@NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies) maintains a database of all known asteroids which is constantly updated with new discoveries. A customizable table of close approaching asteroids is available at https://t.co/ocjetQuyyu
It won’t get close to Earth and scientists predict it to pass by at a distance of 2.8 million miles, around 12 times as far as the Earth is from the moon, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). The exact time of the asteroid’s approach is reported to be around 7:53 p.m. local time.
Asteroid 2021 GM4 poses no imminent threat to Earth but CNEOS has registered the space rock as “potentially hazardous.”
Launching this year, @NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is a #PlanetaryDefense driven test & will be the first demonstration of a technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space!
“Occasionally, asteroids’ orbital paths are influenced by the gravitational tug of planets, which cause their paths to alter,” NASA said. “NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small.”
“In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”
Last Wednesday marked Asteroid Day, a day for public awareness of asteroids and their role in the solar system. The day was co-founded by astrophysicist and famed musician Dr. Brian May of the band Queen, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, filmmaker Grig Richters, and B612 President Danica Remy.
A variety of events and live streams are available through Friday on AsteroidDay.org.
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