Giant asteroid to approach Earth this week

Source : 112 Ukraine

The celestial body will be at a minimum distance from the planet on Saturday, June 6
14:58, 2 June 2020

Asteroid 163348 (2002 NN4) will fly by Earth on June 6

Astronomers at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have spotted the large asteroid 163348 (2002 NN4), which is expected to be as close as possible to Earth on June 6. This was reported by NASA’s press service.

It is noted that the size of the approaching celestial body is estimated at 250-570 meters. The asteroid will approach the Earth at a minimum distance on Saturday, June 6. It will take place at 06:20 Kyiv time.

Astronomers observing the object's behavior do not predict its collision with the planet because the celestial body will travel at the distance that is 13 times farther than the distance between Moon's orbit and Earth.

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Researchers discovered asteroid 163348 (2002 NN4) 18 years ago. It makes one revolution around the Sun in 300 Earth days.

As reported earlier, on May 30, at 10:22 p.m. Kyiv time, SpaceX made a second attempt to launch the Crew Dragon with two American astronauts on board.

This was the first manned test flight of a private company to the International Space Station (ISS).

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