- 2021 NY1, a very large asteroid, up to 984 feet wide, will be closely flying by Earth in September.
- Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Object (NEO) by NASA, Asteroid 2021 NY1 will be traveling at a speed of around 20,893 miles per hour.
- More asteroid news here.
Mark your calendars. Asteroid 2021 NY1 is about to come by and say hello to Earth.
It will come within 930,487 miles (1,498,113 kilometers) of Earth at a speed of almost 21,000 miles per hour.
While that may not sound very close, in relative terms of outer space it isn’t completely insignificant.
For instance, the moon is 238,855 miles from Earth, while the planet Mars is 245.22 million miles away. So 930,487 miles is pretty close.
That’s assuming that the Yarkovsky Effect, which can change an asteroid’s orbital path, doesn’t occur with this particular space rock.
This is why NASA classifies Asteroid 2021 NY1 as a Near-Earth Object, which they define as “an asteroid or comet that approaches our planet less than 1.3 times the distance from Earth to the Sun (the Earth-Sun distance is about 93 million miles).”
Asteroid 2021 NY1 is also considered to be a Potentially Hazardous Object by NASA, “because the gravitational tug of the planets could, over time, cause an object’s orbital path to evolve into an Earth-crossing orbit. This allows for the possibility of a future collision.”
According to SpaceReference.org, “2021 NY1 orbits the sun every 1,400 days (3.83 years), coming as close as 0.99 AU and reaching as far as 3.90 AU from the sun.”
There is some chance that you have reached this page because of some news stating that there is a significant risk that Asteroid 2021 NY1 will hit the Earth in the near future. Asteroid 2021 NY1 is in fact known as a Near Earth Object (or NEO), i.e. an asteroid whose orbit is close to intersect Earth’s orbit. These asteroids are monitored very closely and, thanks to high precision position observations and celestial mechanic computations, their orbit is usually known with a high level of precision.
Based on the latest high precision orbit computations performed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), it is confirmed that Asteroid 2021 NY1 is not going to impact Earth in the near future.