NASA Confirms 1,000+ Foot-Wide 'Potentially Hazardous Asteroid' Will Approach Earth This April


This month, an asteroid expected to be one of the biggest space rocks to visit Earth in 2022 will make a near approach to Earth.

The asteroid is named 418135 (2008 AG33), and according to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Studies (CNEOS), the space rock will come within two million miles of Earth on April 28 at 2:46 AM UTC. While two million miles is a considerable distance, it is quite close in astronomical terms, with the moon being an average of 238,000 miles from Earth and Mars being 140 million miles distant.

NASA has designated this asteroid as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid also known as PHAs due to its close approach to Earth.

2008 AG33 is predicted to have a diameter of between 1,083 and 2,428 feet, and if the asteroid's higher estimate is more correct, 2008 AG33 would be the width of two Empire State Buildings piled on top of one another. If it is closer to 1,083 feet in diameter, it will be the same size as the Eiffel Tower. NASA's database indicates that an even bigger space rock is on its way, with a diameter of around 1.1 miles.

Reference(s): newsweek.com, cneos.jpl.nasa.gov


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