I say, don’t panic because NASA is all over this Near-Earth Object (NEO) named Asteroid 2011 ES4. And despite it being classified as a “Potentially Hazardous” asteroid, I’m sure if it gets too close we’ll be able to take care of it before it can do any real damage.
Oh, wait, we are totally unprepared for that type of situation with an asteroid? You don’t say.
NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) currently says Asteroid 2011 ES4 will pass by at around 0.00048 astronomical units or 44,618 miles away from our planet.
By comparison, the moon is located 238,900 miles away from Earth.
Here are the orbital paths that Asteroid 2011 ES4 and Earth will be taking all the way up to Sept. 1.
Should Asteroid 2011 ES4 change its trajectory between now and then, which has been known to happen due to something called the Yarkovsky effect, and actually collide with Earth it would cause similar damage as the explosion of an asteroid over Chelyabinsk, Russia which shattered windows in the area and caused injuries to more than 1,000 people.
That being said, NASA believes there is only a one in 300,000 chance per year of an asteroid capable of causing regional damage striking Earth.
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