Stadium-sized asteroid to fly past Earth this weekend

Adam Warner
June 04, 2020 - 1:11 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A stadium-sized asteroid will pass relatively "close" to Earth this weekend, but experts say not to worry.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is monitoring Asteroid 2002 NN4—believed to be more than 1,000 feet in diameter—ahead of its anticipated flyby Saturday.

Although the asteroid is on NASA’s “close approach” list, a representative for JPL told USA Today that the space rock will pass at a safe distance of more than 3 million miles—about 13 times farther than the distance from Earth to the moon.

“In short, 2002 NN4 is a very well-known asteroid with a known orbit that will pass Earth at a (very) safe distance," Ian J. O'Neill, of JPL, wrote.

If the asteroid did hit Earth, it would prove catastrophic, Derek Buzasi, a professor of physics at Florida Gulf Coast University, told USA Today.

Buzasi said the asteroid is traveling at 20,000 mph and is about the size of a football stadium—bigger than roughly 90 percent of asteroids.

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