NASA warned that in 2021 KT1, a “potentially dangerous” asteroid flew near the Earth on Tuesday (June 1). The asteroid will approach Earth at around 10:24 AM Eastern Time (7:54 PM US Standard Time). The huge rock will fly over our planet at a distance of about 4.5 million miles. It is expected that some other asteroids will also fly over the Earth later this week. However, these will be significantly smaller than 2021 KT1.
NASA stated on its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) website that the size of the KT1 asteroid in 2021 may be about 186 meters. Its height is twice that of the Statue of Liberty, which is 93 meters high.
This asteroid is unlikely to hit the Earth because its closest position is 4.5 million miles. However, NASA believes that any asteroid is potentially dangerous when it is within 4.6 million miles and greater than 150 meters from the Earth.
There is no reference to confirm whether asteroids will affect the earth. Nevertheless, NASA stated that people should not be overly concerned about near-Earth objects (NEOs) like asteroids hitting the Earth. NASA stated on its Center for Near-Earth Object Research (CNEOS) website: “Anyone who is threatened by car accidents, diseases, other natural disasters and various other problems is much higher than the threat from near-Earth objects.”
However, scientists believe that for a long period of time, the possibility of the Earth being affected by near-Earth objects is “not negligible.” Therefore, NASA and other space agencies around the world are actively monitoring the development of asteroids and comets. time.
In addition to 2021 KT1, some smaller asteroids will pass near the Earth in the next few days. The size of these asteroids is expected to reach 21 meters.
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