Asteroid approach: NASA spots a 'potentially hazardous' rock flying past Earth at 26000MPH

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Asteroid approach: NASA spots a 'potentially hazardous' rock flying past Earth at 26000MPH 1

The asteroid is also big and bright enough for asteroid trackers to consider it potentially hazardous.

Although the upcoming flyby poses no risk to Earth’s safety, there is a slim chance the gravitational push and pull of other objects in the solar system could influence DT3’s orbit.

NASA said: “Potentially hazardous asteroids are about 150 meters – almost 500 feet – or larger, roughly twice as big as the Statue of Liberty is tall.

“They approach Earth’s orbit to within 7.5 million kilometres – about 4.6 million miles.

“By comparison, when Mars and Earth are at their closest, they are about 53 million kilometres – about 33 million miles – apart.”


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