'Hazardous' asteroid size of the Eiffel Tower heading towards Earth, NASA warns

The asteroid will fly past Earth at a distance of 3.9 million kilometers, which is more than ten times the distance between us and the moon

Moment in which the meteorite will fly into the earth’s atmosphere in 2020

An asteroid near the Eiffel Tower will hit Earth in December – but fortunately it will not pose a threat to humanity.

The asteroid, named 4660 Nereus, is almost three times the size of a soccer field and is classified as a “potentially dangerous asteroid” (PHA), reports the Daily record.

NASA’s asteroid monitor predicts it will get close to Earth on December 11th. The asteroid’s impact could be devastating, but luckily it poses no threat to the planet.

The asteroid will fly past the planet at a distance of 3.9 million kilometers – a distance more than ten times that between the Earth and the Moon.

NASA’s asteroid monitor predicts it will get close to Earth on December 11th
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Nereus is 330 meters long, making it larger than 90% of the asteroids, but according to the Space Reference, tiny compared to large asteroids.

The asteroid orbits the Sun every 664 days, although it is predicted that it will not come close to Earth until March 2, 2031, and then again in November 2050.

Its closest convergence will not take place until February 2060 in another 40 years.

Discovered by US astronomer Eleanor F. Helin in 1982, Nereus is part of the Apollo group of asteroids, known for crossing the earth’s orbit as it orbits the sun.

Scientists have thought about missions to the asteroid, but each time the plans have failed.

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NASA proposed sending the Robotic Asteroid Shoemaker Rendezvous (NEAR) probe and Japan considered sending the Hayabusa robotic spacecraft to Nereus, but both ultimately chose other destinations.

However, it is not the first time that large asteroids have entered Earth orbit.

In September, an asteroid larger than Big Ben’s clock tower was slated to crash through Earth’s orbit, moving at incredible speeds of 50,000 miles per hour.

The rock, designated 2021RL3, is between 160 feet and 360 feet wide and came within 1,804,450 miles of Earth. For comparison, the moon is only 238,855 miles away.

The asteroid is measured to be close enough to be about 7 lunar distances – traveling to the moon and back.

Solar system modeled in Cinema 4D, with the composition including the sun, each of the eight planets, and a representation of their orbit
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