I bet asteroids think they’re real slick. They’re basically giant heaps of space trash zooming around the universe kind of possibly freaking out every planet it passes, but never doing much about it. They’re big talkers is what I’m saying.
Logically, yes, we should remain nervous about the hypothetical impact of an asteroid striking our planet and possibly killing us or whatever. And the latest asteroid worrying some of the world is asteroid 2014 JO25.
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But as NASA confirms in a press release, the asteroid “will fly safely past Earth on April 19 at a distance of about 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers), or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.”
The asteroid is roughly 2,000 feet (650 meters) in size, and its surface is about twice as reflective as that of the moon….The encounter on April 19 is the closest this asteroid has come to Earth for at least the last 400 years and will be its closest approach for at least the next 500 years.
Though NASA confirms that “there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet,” it does mention that “this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size.”
In fact the asteroid is probably more exciting than worrisome. As this asteroid will be significantly reflective, you might be able to see it crossing the night sky, though a telescope will be far more effective. If you’re stuck indoors April 19 or it’s cloudy night where you are, you can always check out The Virtual Telescope.
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Yes, a giant scary monster asteroid will come kind of close to Earth, there is very little for you to fear. Instead let the asteroid do the talking and listen to what the cosmos is telling us about itself.