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NASA warns about ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid approaching Earth

2 June 2020 14:45
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NASA warns about ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid approaching Earth

MOSCOW. KAZINFORM An asteroid, classified as «potentially dangerous» would approach Earth on June 6, NASA says on its website.

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According to the space agency, the diameter of the 163348 (2002 NN4) asteroid is between 250 and 570 meters, and it will dash past our planet at a distance of 5.1 million kilometers with a speed of 11.1 km/s, TASS reports.

Currently, the astronomers have discovered over 8,000 asteroids of over 140 meters in diameter in the near-earth space, or within the radius of 7 million km. According to NASA experts, such celestial bodies are classified as «potentially dangerous.» The total number of large asteroids in the near-earth space might reach 25,000, according to Space.com.



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