NASA has warned about the “potentially hazardous” asteroid, which is speculated to be bigger than Eiffel Tower will shoot past Earth next week. However, the mammoth space rock known as 2021 KT1 is expected to pass safely, as stated by the agency.
According to NASA, the asteroid will make a “close approach” to Earth on June 1 at about 10:24 am EDT, at a speed of 40,000 mph. The size of the asteroid is estimated to be between 492 feet and 1,082 feet in diameter.
In cosmic terms, “close” is a relative concept. The distance between the rock and Earth at the time of its passing is estimated to be 4.5 million miles. Reportedly, this distance is around 19 times the distance between Earth and Moon, still the agency considers this cross over in the datasheet of its near approaches.
Center for Near-Earth object Studies of NASA has also stated that this occurrence is not a major concern. The website stated, “No one should be overly concerned about an Earth impact of an asteroid or comet. The threat to any one person from auto accidents, disease, other natural disasters and a variety of other problems is much higher than the threat from NEOs.”
Nonetheless, the center also clarified that the chances of Earth being hit by an asteroid are slim but “not negligible”.
As reported by Newsweek, Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer told that scientists would also “consider nuking an asteroid”. However, it is a situation that “we want to try to avoid getting into”, said Johnson.
To simplify, an asteroid bigger than Eiffel Tower called 2021 KT1 is to pass by Earth next week. The NASA has called it “potentially hazardous”, but is expected to shoot by the planet safely. Hence, there is nothing for people to worry regarding the asteroid coming towards Earth.