Next week, an asteroid will fly past the Earth above the Eiffel Tower. The American Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA classifies this asteroid as a potentially hazardous one, but it is expected to pass Earth safely.
Asteroid 2021 KT1 will approach Earth on June 1 at approximately 10:24 am ET (5:24 pm Moscow time). Of course, the distance the asteroid will approach the Earth is on a cosmic scale. It is expected that 2021 KT1 will pass by the Earth at a distance of about 7.2 million km.
This is about 19 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. However, this is considered to be a close approximation of the asteroid. When the asteroid flies over the Earth, it will move at a speed of about 64 thousand km / h. The diameter of the asteroid is estimated to be between 150 and 330 meters, which is roughly the size of three football fields.
The Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects issued a statement saying that earthlings are much more likely to be injured in car accidents, illness and other natural disasters than from a near-Earth asteroid. The chances of a collision are incredibly small, but they are not zero.