Truck-Sized Asteroid to fly within 2,200 miles of earth today.

An asteroid is set to fly within 2,200 miles of Earth today, narrowly missing our planet, NASA says.

The asteroid, dubbed “2023 BU,” is expected to make its closest approach to Earth at 4:27 p.m. PST when it flies over the southern tip of South America, according(Opens in a new window) to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which also tracks near-Earth asteroids. 

2023 BU is on a path that will bring it closer to Earth than orbiting geosynchronous satellites, which travel about 22,000 miles from the planet. (Meanwhile, Starlink satellites travel at about 340 miles in altitude.)

The close flyby may cause worries about 2023 BU slamming into our planet. But NASA says don’t worry; the asteroid measures only about 11.5 to 28 feet across. This means it's small enough that it should burn up in Earth’s atmosphere if it ends up on a direct path to our planet. 

Source: www.pcmag.com


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