A “potentially dangerous” asteroid about 12 meters wide will pass close to planet Earth during the early hours of Thursday.
According to NASA, the asteroid, named 418135 (2008 AG33), has an estimated diameter of between 350 and 780 meters, and will enter Earth’s orbit at 37,400 km/h, and can be observed at 3:46 pm this Thursday.
At its closest point to Earth, the asteroid – which travels at more than 30 times the speed of sound – will come within about 3.2 million kilometers of the blue planet, which is approximately eight times the average distance between Earth and Earth. Moon. While it may seem like a very large distance, it is actually very short by cosmic standards.
NASA flags any space object that comes within 193 million kilometers of Earth as “close” and any object moving within 7.5 million kilometers as “potentially dangerous”. In this case, no risk of impact is expected.
You can see the phenomenon in the video below: