According to USA Today, many huge asteroids will come near to Earth in the following weeks. According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, the first, the 525-foot wide 2021 SM3, will zoom past Earth on October 15. According to USA Today, seven larger asteroids are expected to travel near to Earth by the end of November, the largest of which, 2004 UE, has a diameter of 1,246 feet. Asteroid 1996 VB3 will pass closest to Earth on October 20 at a distance of 2.1 million miles. Despite being close by interstellar standards, none of the asteroids will be visible without a telescope, according to scientists.
According to CNN and the New York Times, NASA will launch the Lucy spacecraft on a 12-year mission to examine eight asteroids in Jupiter’s Trojan asteroid field on October 16. Keep it here to see how the asteroid reacts.
However, at the start of the year, the largest asteroid in the solar system flew by the Earth, making a close pass on March 21. The asteroid, known as 2001 FO32, is a massive rock that is categorized as a near-Earth object (NEO) that orbits the Sun close to the Earth. NEOs are cosmic objects on a course that could bring them within 30 million miles of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
About 2,100 of the enormous number of NEOs have been identified as potentially dangerous.