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Massive Asteroid 'Taller Than the Empire State Building' Heads Toward Earth, Says NASA

 

A massive asteroid is flying towards Earth, and concerned scientists are keeping a close eye on it, according to a report by The Daily Star. The asteroid is estimated to be between 830 and 1,870 feet in length, possibly making it taller than the Empire State Building. Current models show the asteroid "skimming" Earth's orbit and then passing by.

NASA is monitoring the giant asteroid, which has been designated the name 163348 (2002 NN4). It has been classified as an Aten asteroid, meaning that it is following a very wide orbit around the sun. It is currently heading towards the Earth at a speed of about 11,200 miles per hour, but NASA predicts that it will miss the planet by over 3 million miles on its current trajectory. It will fly by on Saturday, June 6.

Still, NASA has given 163348 (2002 NN4) the weary description "Near Earth Object" or NEO - a term used to describe "comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth's neighborhood." Any object that comes within 1.3 astronomical units gets this classification. They are watching closely in the unlikely event that it enters Earth's atmosphere.

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