Asteroid Bennu is one of the Near-Earth Objects that is currently being studied by NASA.
August’s asteroid activity is not over yet: According to NASA data, another “potentially hazardous” space rock about the size of the Washington Monument will fly by Earth at the end of the month.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and cosmochemist Natalie Starkey recently discussed what would happen if the asteroid that caused the Chelyabinsk impact event hit a heavily-populated city instead.
On 25 July, an asteroid the size of a football field flew by Earth, coming within 65 000 km of our planet’s surface during its closest approach—about one fifth of the distance to the Moon.
Scientists continue to find dangerous asteroids in Earth’s vicinity, but to fully capture the threat these nearby space rocks pose, they need tools that aren’t in operation now and may not be for years to come.
A large asteroid just whizzed past our planet — and astronomers weren’t expecting it.
NASA ran a simulation in May for a similar-sized asteroid measuring up to 80 metres in diameter.
Second successful excursion for JAXA boffins