The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported that on Thursday, February 11, the 32-meter asteroid 2021 CO will get closer to the Earth than the Moon. This was reported by Express.
"On February 11, an asteroid is set to have a close encounter with Earth. The asteroid in question is known as 2021 CO, and it is currently moving through the solar system at an astonishing rate," reads the message.
NASA says that the asteroid is moving at an astonishing speed of 11.6 km per second, or 41,000 km per hour. The agency also found that the asteroid is 32 meters long, which is approximately the same size as the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.
Scientists have estimated that 2021 CO will fly at a distance of 345,885 km from our planet. By comparison, the distance between the Earth and the orbit of the Moon is 384,000 kilometers.
As we reported earlier, on December 17, 2020, China successfully ended its lunar mission - the Chang'e-5 probe delivered samples of lunar soil to the Earth.