Asteroid Larger Than Empire State Building Set to Pass by Earth This Weekend


An asteroid that may be as large as the Empire State Building is likely to pass by our planet, according to NASA.

Officials at the space agency say that the asteroid is expected to pass Earth on Saturday, June 6, reports CBS.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) reports that Asteroid 2002 NN4 is estimated to be 250-570 meters (820-1,870 feet) in diameter. The Empire State Building is more than 1,400 feet tall at its tip.

For some, the asteroid may seem terrifying, but a JPL representative says it will pass our planet at a safe distance.

Information regarding the asteroid will be listed on NASA's website, where people can closely monitor it when it approaches Earth. Data shows that several other objects will fly through space near Earth this week.

If you are a stargazer, NASA has built a widget that allow users to keep track of asteroids that may appear in the sky. The widget will also help keep track of any Earth approaches within 4.6 million miles of the planet. The tool uses other objects to compare asteroids' sizes. Some asteroids have been reported to be as big as a house or as large as a stadium.

While it is highly unlikely that an asteroid will hit Earth anytime soon, scientists have prepared a plan just in case.

"All we have to do is change its speed a little faster or a little slower so that when it crosses Earth's orbit, it crosses either in front of us or behind us," Dr. Lori Glaze, director of planetary science at NASA said.

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