The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has observed an asteroid that is going to pass by the Earth. The more concerning thing here is the fact that it will pass at a closer distance than the moon. This is expected to happen by September.

NASA has already listed this on the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS)’s ‘Close Approaches’. As explained by CNEOS, near-Earth Objects are primarily comets and asteroids that are nudged by the gravitational attraction of surrounding planets into the sun’s orbits. This allows them to fly near the Earth. Usually comets are formed in a cold outer planetary system, while the majority of the asteroids are formed inside the solar system between Mars and Jupiter’s orbits.

 According to the database The 2011 ES4 will pass by the earth on September 1, 2020 at 10:49 A.M. Eastern Time. The asteroid is going to fly by at about 44,618 miles. The distance between the moon and earth is approximately 238,855 miles.

Further, the CNEOS has put The 2011 ES4 in the Apollo asteroid category. These types of asteroids have a significantly wide orbit around the Earth and the sun. The asteroid’s intersection with Earth’s orbit happens often as it completes revolving around the sun.

The space agency has called The 2011 ES4 as ‘potentially hazardous’ but has not found any threat because of its small diameter.

NASA has listed a total of 12 asteroids to fly by the Earth until the end of the month. The CNEOS listed the 2020 MU1 asteroid to come near the Earth on Saturday, June 11 at 7:15 P.M. ET.

The 2020 MU1, which has a diameter of between 28 meters and 63 meters, will pass by at a distance of 0.04810 au. Since then, the Earth will have daily visitors: 2020 ML on July 12 at 10:56 P.M., 2020 KJ7 at 9:09 A.M. and 2009 OS5 at 10:33 P.M. on July 13, and 2020 MQ2 on July 14 at 4:30 A.M.

Then on July 17, another asteroid will pass by the Earth, the 2020 MX at 6:16 A.M. On July 17, two asteroids will fly by, the 2016 DY30 at 5:32 A.M. and the 2020 ME3 at 10:21 P.M.

Five other asteroids will fly by towards the month-end: 2002 BF25 on July 21, the 2020 ND on July 24, 2020 MX3 on July 29 as well as the 2018 PY7 and the 2007 RF1 on July 31. Meanwhile, four other NEOs can be expected in August before the arrival of 2011 ES4 on September 1.

Despite the number of NEOs, they will be flying by at a safe distance between the Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

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