- “Potentially hazardous” Asteroid 418135 (2008 AG33) will fly into Earth’s orbit on Thursday, April 28, says NASA.
- Asteroid 418135 could be about twice the size of the Empire State Building and will be moving at around 23,300 MPH.
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A gigantic “potentially hazardous” asteroid named 418135 (2008 AG33) will be passing by Earth on Thursday, April 28 at approximately 23,300 MPH.
But don’t worry about it, says NASA.
Asteroid 418135 (2008 AG33) is classified as “potentially hazardous” by NASA when they “are more than about 460 feet (140 meters) in size with orbits that bring them as close as within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) of Earth’s orbit around the Sun.”
The asteroid has an estimated diameter of somewhere between 1,150 and 2,560 feet. By comparison, the Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall, making it larger than 90% of all known asteroids.
The space rock, categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid, will be traveling past Earth at a distance of about 2 million miles, which on the surface doesn’t sound very close.
However, any object that passes within 120 million miles of Earth is classified as a “near-Earth object” (NEO) by NASA, so 2 million miles is actually cause for attention. For reference, the moon is 238,855 miles from Earth, while the planet Mars is 245.22 million miles away.
“Potentially hazardous” Asteroid 418135 (2008 AG33) could be bigger than two Empire State Buildings
Despite that prediction, NASA says we have nothing to worry about (assuming that the Yarkovsky Effect, which can change an asteroid’s orbital path, doesn’t occur.)
The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) will keep trying though. CNEOS says that “currently there is no known significant threat of impact for the next hundred years or more.”
Hopefully, they are correct as some calculations have the “Colossal God of Chaos” asteroid possibly smashing into Earth in 2068.
NASA has also said it could hit the planet in 2060, 2065, and seven other dates between now and 2103. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t.